FAQ for the MP5125A Drive

Specifications / Connections / Installation

NOTE: This page provides tips on connection and installation of RICOH MP5125A DVD+RW/+R drives. For details, please consult your manuals or the distributor.

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What format can be written? And which kind of software can write each of them?

Refer the specifications page for formats and writing methods available. For the software required for each format, refer to this link.

What kind of media can be used?

The MP5125A can be used with DVD+R (plus R), DVD+RW (plus RW), CD-R, CD-RW (1-4x) and HighSpeed CDRW (4-10x) media.
Recommended media information is available

How many times can I rewrite with DVD+RW media?

About 1000 times.

Can the MP5125A write on DVD-R media?

No, DVD-R media are not supported.
DVD-R ('hyphen' / 'dash' R) differs from DVD+R ('plus' R). Each of them has a different Standard.

Can the MP5125A write on DVD-RAM media?

No, DVD-RAM media are not supported.

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Can the MP5125A write on DVD-RW media?

No, DVD-RW media are not supported. DVD-RW media ('hyphen' / 'dash' RW) differs from DVD+RW media ('plus' RW). Each of them has a different Standard.

DVD-Audio is supported?

Not supported.

What kind of interface does the MP5125A have?

The MP5125A has the following interface.
  • ATAPI interface (Ultra DMA mode 2 supported)
  • Analogue audio connector
  • Digital audio connector (SPDIF 2 pin)

Can I connect it to my PC?

You will find the system requirements of the MP5125A on the specifications page.
Please check for DVD+RW/+R writing, for CD-R/RW writing, and for DVD-Video playing back.

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Can it use as an external drive? Or are there any other external models?

Only an internal ATAPI model is available. And it is designed to be used as an internal model.

Can it connect it to a note PC?

No. It is only for a desktop PC that has a free IDE interface.

My PC is a slim-type desktop. Can I install the drive?

For installing the drive, one free 5 inch bay is required. Please consult your PC manual.

Can it connect vertically?

Yes, you can. But in the case of vertical installation, the drive cannot read/play 8 cm single CDs.
Reading/playback of 8 cm single CDs is supported only in the case of horizontal installation.

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Which version of OS is supported?

The drive itself is supported by Windows 95 (OSR2), Windows 98, Windows 98 SE, Windows Me, Windows NT 4.0 Workstation, Windows 2000 professional and Windows XP.
To use the drive, the software must also support the OS. Compatibility between the bundled software for the RICOH Asian retail and the OS is
If you use other writing software, please be sure to check the compatibility between the software and your OS, and between the software and the MP5125A. For details, please ask the software supplier.

Can I use it under another OS like Linux, UNIX or Macintosh?

It is designed to be used only with Windows OS. We do not provide any support for Linux, UNIX, or Macintosh.

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