Do you need a Driver? (External models)
All Sony Optical external units are plug & play with Windows, no drivers are required for detection.
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Please click on the PDF documents below that gives your step-by-step recording instructions.
CD Extreme Update
This update includes support for Windows® 2000 and XP. This update applies to all Sony CD Extreme users and contains updated software drivers. (This update is not compatible with CD-RW drives produced by other manufacturers.)
abCD that was bundled with your Sony drive will not work with WinXP.
If CD Extreme was bundled with your Sony drive, please make sure you have the latest updates for CD Extreme program.
Sony Spressa CD-RW will support High Speed Media only if it is stated on the box or on the unit itself. Please note that models which came out before the 145E (i.e. models numbers CRX 100, CRX 120, or CRX 140) will not support High Speed Media.
There are a few different ways to accomplish this. First, you must have the type of recording you are doing selected, such as Data Job, Audio Job, etc.
One way to select the files or folders is to click on Edit, and choose Add File or Add Folder from the drop-down menu. You are then able to browse for the particular file or folder.
Another method for selecting is to click on the folder or file icons (with a star on the icon). These are on the right side of the screen above the different recording options. You then browse for the appropriate file or folder.
A third method is to drag and drop files and folders into the list from an open window. For instance, if you have your My Documents folder open, you can click and drag an item from there into the CD Extreme layout list.
Can I run system tests, such as transfer and digital audio extraction rates, with CD Extreme software?
Yes, you can run Data and Audio Extraction Speed Tests, as well as a Recorder Self Test with this program. To execute these tests, highlight the appropriate drive on the left side of the Sony CD Extreme screen. Click on Drive on the Menu bar and then Disc Explorer & Drive Properties. There are three icons located just above the CD Text button. Click on these icons to perform the various system tests. It is a good idea to test your drives before recording, especially if you plan to copy disc to disc.
Why does CD Extreme software tell me 'there are no CD recorders' when my USB drive is connected and was detected by the program previously?
Make sure your USB drive is still detected by Windows.. Sometimes after rebooting or other operations, the drive will suddenly disappear. Check the Device Manager, which is found in Control Panel/System.
In Device Manager, if the CD-RW drive isn't listed when the CD-Rom category is opened, the drive is not being recognized by Windows.. There are a couple easy hints to get it detected again. If there is a CD in the drive, remove it. Also try turning the power on the drive off, then turn it back on. Usually it will reappear. If it doesn't, try rebooting with the drive powered on.
If the CD-RW drive was detected in Device Manager, then get the latest update for the software.Once the drive is detected by Windows., and the latest update for the software has been downloaded, CD Extreme software should recognize the drive.
Once the drive is detected by Windows., and the latest update for the software has been downloaded, CD Extreme software should recognize the drive.