Q: Will CD-ROM Tool work
with my CD-ROM drive? A: You can try looking at the
small-but-growing compatibility list. This is NOT a definitive list, so if your drive
is not listed there, the only way to find out is to try it.
Q: Will CD-ROM Tool work with my DVD
drive? A: It is unlikely, but not unheard of. It
seems to be more common for CD-ROM Tool to be able to set the spindown of a DVD
drive, but I have heard one report of speed setting also working.
Q: Why doesn't CD-ROM Tool detect my
drive's maximum speed? A: First, make sure you've tried
increasing the tolerance and redetecting. If that doesn't work, read the note about
this behavior on the instructions page.
Q: Will CD-ROM Tool damage my drive? A: CD-ROM Tool does not and cannot make
your drive do anything it was not designed to do. However, as with most hardware
tweaking software, you still must use it responsibly to avoid damaging your
I advise the following:
-Do not allow your drive to remain spinning at a high speed (especially Constant
Angular Velocity speeds) for long periods of time.
-Do not allow your drive to constantly spin up then spin down.
In other words, do not combine very high or very low spindown times with fast read
speeds. Please use your best judgement.
Q: CD-ROM Tool won't let me set my drive
to a lower read speed. What's wrong? A: Don't forget to try increasing the
speed detection tolerance and redetecting your drive's speeds. If this yields
nothing, then your drive may simply not support speed setting. This is not uncommon,
since speed setting is an optional part of the CD-ROM specification.
If you wish to verify that your drive does not support speed setting, try a similar
program (such as CD-Bremse). If that program also
does not detect any lower speeds, be assured that your drive is locked at its max
Q: CD-ROM Tool won't let me set my
drive's spindown time. What's wrong? A: Some drives don't support spindown
setting, because it is an optional part of the CD-ROM specification. Please note that
all standard spindown times always appear in the pulldown box regardless of whether
your drive's spindown time can be set.
Q: I thought of a useful feature that's
missing from CD-ROM Tool. Can you add it? A: Much of the functionality in CD-ROM
Tool is the result user suggestions. I won't implement just any suggestion,
but if you've thought of something that will benefit a wide range of users, there's a
fair chance I'll want to implement it. The only thing I ask in return is that you
help me test the new developments.
Q: How can I find out what version of
CD-ROM Tool I'm using? Where's the version number? A: I don't keep traditional version
numbers for CD-ROM Tool. Each release of CD-ROM Tool is identified by the date on
which it was built.