How to use a CDWriter with OS/2
I am only going to cover RSJ CD-Writer
in this article. The cdrtools
package is free, as is CDRecord,
but I have preferred RSJ.
In 2000, I bought a new Yamaha 4416-EZ at Fry's
Electronics in Sunnyvale, CA. I
bought RSJ CD-Writer software at Indelible Blue. I bought a box of CD-R
discs at Office Max. The total came to $400 plus tax. When I purchased
my most recent CD Writer in November, 2003, it was a 52/32/52 drive for
$35. I'm leaving the instructions I wrote in 2000 for installing the
drive. Nothing has changed.
Before installing the CD-RW in the computer, decide
which IDE configuration to use. I used the first channel of IDE for my
hard drive, and I decided not to mix hard drive and CD-RW on the one
channel. So I needed an extra IDE cable for the CD-RW, and further, I
made sure that the CD-RW was configured to be the only device on the
IDE. For drives which do not have a special setting to be the only
device, I recommend setting the drive to be a master.
The Yamaha drive is a standard CD-Rom as far as
installing OS/2. Installation
is a follows. Open the computer case. Place the CD-Rom in a vacant
drive bay and screw it into place. Get a spare IDE cable, and connect
second IDE channel to the CD-Rom. Be sure to get pin 1 correct at both
ends. Most IDE cables will fit even if installed backwards. Replace the
When I powered the computer, I saw the icon
of a standard CD in the Drives object. The bios on my motherboard
booting from CD, and my bootable install CD for OS/2 Warp Server for
boots fine from this drive.
I then installed the RSJ software. Before starting the
install program, I copied the key code from RSJ into the same
directory. This allows the install program to register the software at
installation time. I already use the DaniS506.ADD and
DaniATAPI.FLT drivers, so I did not let the installation program update
The install requires a reboot because
config.sys is modified. When I reboot, I can see that the CD-Rom object
is missing from the drives folder. I activate the RSJ CD-Writer Control
panel, insert a CD-Rom, and press the attach button. The CD-Rom icon
to the drives folder, and I have normal CD-Rom access. When I want to
I have to press the Detach button on the Control Panel and select
the CD, no changes".
The OS/2 Warp 4 CD-Rom cannot be read by RSJ. Once
attached, the OS/2
Warp 4 DC appears blank. RSJ Technical support claims that it is not an
ISO format CD.
I put in a CD-R (a write once CD) and press attach. The
again appears in the Drives folder. The properties show an empty CD
for writing. I dragged the contents of a folder I wanted to the CD Icon
and dropped. A standard copy dialog appears, and the writing appears to
be a slower copy than to the hard drive. When the copy completed, I
the detach button on the control panel. This time I selected "close the
session", and had to wait for a minute before the CD ejected.
The CD reads fine in the 16x CD-Rom drive in my older
I have used CD-Rom software on Windows NT, and I am more
used to that.
Both Adaptec EZ Creator and Sony Hot Burn are easier to use, and do not
require manually mounting and finishing the CD. Neither makes the CD-RW
available to the network as RSJ and OS/2 WSeB do. RSJ's OS/2 driver
not support extended attributes, but does support long filenames. I
RSJ automatically attached the CD when it was inserted. I wish it had
on the context menu of the CD icon.
Getting my CD-Rom icon back
RSJ removes the CD-ROM icon from the drives folder. I wanted to be able
to use the CD-ROM as before, but also to be able to run RSJ. The method
to use may depend on the IDE hardware and the CD-ROM, but this is what
I did to achieve that.
First, I went to the RSJ CD-Writer Control Panel and looked at the
System tab. Under LOCKCDR messages, there is a string describing the
CD-RW drive in the upper back window. I copied that string to the
clipboard. Then I opened the CDDRV.INF file in the RSJ directory and
added that string. This allows RSJ to automatically identify my drive.
Next, I edited config.sys. I changed the following lines:
The lines I now use are as follows:
I saved config.sys and rebooted, and then I had my CD-Rom icon and also
had RSJ working as before. I've been warned that if I access the
CD-Rom icon while burning a CD, I will spoil it, so I'm passing on that
I put in a music CD, and I was able to play tracks with
CD-View. I am also able to grab tracks and write CD's with the
resulting tracks. This is handy if you want to mix your own
CDs. RSJ now identifies the songs on the CD when you insert it.
I tried CD-RW media in the drive, and it appears to work
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2003
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