|EXTERNAL SCSI CD-ROM||S‑550||W‑30||S‑760||NOTES||IMAGE||JUMPERS|
|ROLAND - Model (Mechanism)|
| CD-5 (Sony CDU-510-99)
|CD-5 (Sony CDU-6111)||YES||YES||YES|||
|CD-5 (Sony CDU-6112)||YES||YES||YES|||
|CD-5 (Sony CDU-8012)||YES||YES||YES|||
|APPLE - Model (Mechanism / see Caddy Eject Malfunction*)|
|AppleCD 150 (Sony CDU-541-25)||NO||YES||YES||  |
|AppleCD 150 (Sony CDU-8002)||NO||YES||YES||  |
|AppleCD 300i (Matsushita CR-503-K)||NO||NO||YES||  |
|AppleCD 600i (Matsushita CR-504-L)||NO||NO||YES||  |
|MISCELLANEOUS BRANDS - Model (Mechanism)|
|(Plextor PX-43CS)||NO||YES||YES||    |
|(Panasonic CR-508)||NO||YES||YES||       |
|Nakamichi (MJ-4.8si / 4‑CD Changer)||NO||NO||YES||   |
|Nakamichi (MJ-5.16si / 5‑CD Changer)||NO||NO||YES||   |
|Toshiba TXM3401E1 (Toshiba XM‑3401B)||NO||NO||YES||   |
|LaCie 104737 16x 10x 40x (CDBP‑121032S)||NO||NO||YES||  |
|LaCie 104372 12x 10x 32x (CDBP‑161040S)||NO||NO||YES||  |
|DIRECT FROM ROLAND DOCUMENTATION|
| The Roland CD‑5 is the only CD‑ROM drive known to work with the S‑550. It used a Sony CDU‑xxxx mechanism with a removable CD caddy
The CD‑5 came with a CD‑ROM disc (Roland P/N: L‑CD1) which contained the (nearly complete) S‑50 and S‑550 RSB Sample Libraries
- - Source: S‑330/S‑550 SUPPLEMENTAL NOTES ‑ March 20, 1998
|REQUIRED SPECS||SPEED||LOAD MECHANISM||INTERFACE|
|S‑550 ||1x||Caddy||SCSI‑1: 50‑Pin ⇆ 25‑Pin ⇆ HD5‑IF Upgrade|
|W‑30 ||1x - 4x||Caddy or Tray||SCSI‑1: 50‑Pin ⇆ 25‑Pin ⇆ KW‑30 Upgrade|
|S‑760 ||1x - 12x||Caddy or Tray||SCSI‑1: 50‑Pin ⇆ 25‑Pin ⇆ S‑760 DB‑25 SCSI|
 The Roland CD‑5 is the only CD‑ROM drive known to work with the S‑550. It used a Sony CDU‑xxxx mechanism with a removable CD caddy
 On the back of the mechanism next to the 50-pin SCSI connector, the columns labeled 'BLOCK' and 'PARITY' should be jumpered
 11-pin SIP Terminating Resistors socketed on the PCB may have been removed at the factory or by a previous owner. Verify if these are needed for the SCSI chain
 Device is recognized by the S‑550 and W‑30 but locks up the sampler and/or displays a "HARDWARE ERROR" message when trying to access a CD during any LOAD operation
 Works perfect when loading sample data CD's however, it does not play audio CD's from the sampler menu. The message 'ILLEGAL REQUEST' is displayed
 This model loads sample data CD's with the S‑760 but the ability to play audio CD's from the sampler menu has not been tested extensively. See Footnote  below
 This model had factory installed firmware v1.8g
 To test this device, it was installed inside an AppleCD 150 external SCSI case)
 Along with the 'BLOCK' and 'PARITY' jumpers, the 'TERMINATION' jumper should be set accordingly. See the settings at this link
 Device reported by online visitor as NOT WORKING with the S‑550 and W‑30
 Device reported by online visitor as WORKING GREAT with the S‑760
 Device reported by online visitor as WORKING GREAT with the W‑30
 The Toshiba TXM3401E1 was used extensively in the 1990's to install the IRIX O/S on SGI Supercomputers, Servers & Workstations (Origin 2000 / Power Challenge / Indigo)
 Nakamichi models MJ-4.8si and MJ-5.16si will only access one disc (CD #1). Using multiple CD's is not possible.The 5-CD changer mechanism only operates via computer software
 There is no guarantee that if you find an internal Sony mechanism and install it inside a generic external SCSI case it will be compatible with the S‑550
Most of the info I've read on the Internet shows that the only CD‑ROM compatible with the S‑550 is the CD‑5. By looking at inside a CD‑5, you can tell it's customized
Off to the side of the mechanism is an additional SCSI board unlike a normal external Apple CD‑ROM
 It's unknown if the W‑30 will function at CD‑ROM speeds higher than 4x. The highest speed mechanism I have personally verified is 4X using a Plextor Model: PX‑43CS
 S‑760 O/S v2.19 through v2.24 has seven additional CD-ROM drivers accessible via menu SYSTEM MODE ⇢ SCSI ⇢ CDP TYPE. Detailed documentation is here
|Caddy Malfunction Info|
* Caddy Eject Malfunction
Some AppleCD mechanisms will stop working because they continuously eject the caddy. Over time, defective capacitors on the logic PCB will start to leak. This is a very common problem with Sony CDU‑541 mechanisms and similar Sony mechanisms. AsteronTech has put together a detailed repair guide for replacing the nine defective capacitors. Note: The replacement guide at AsteronTech uses ceramic capacitors in place of electrolytic capacitors to reduce the chance of capacitors leaking in the future. I'm traditional and prefer to use components exactly as shown in schematics. I have compiled a list of mouser.com parts which are exact replacements here
From an old post at lists.sgroup.ca
[sgroup] S550 and SCSI supported drives
Date: Fri Oct 4 14:05:54 EDT 2013
I've spent years looking for CD ROM drives that work with the S-550.
I was strung along by computer salvage yard guy who swore he had one, but had to find it again.
I kept offering him premium price to spend the time. No dice.
I finally bought early all single speed SCSI drives off of EBAY and checked them out
but very little success. The problem is people get very little money for them so chuck them out.
The one that I found was from a school in Canada.
Here is what I found:
The AppleCD 150 is almost impossible to find and I have no experience if even the 300 works.
The 150 should work but good luck finding them.**
The Sony CDU-6111 definitely works. I found a CDU-6112 that worked.
It eventually failed and I tried to fix it by replacing head but couldn't.
All others that I bought where the numbers were close but were not compatible.
Most sellers don't advertise the model numbers, but you got to look for a Sony single speed
SCSI early model, and, if, an external drive, it would be part of a "caddy" system.
In the end my S-550 had the hard drive, 4CD's but a broken CDU-6112.
Now I have (3) S-760 and I file convert all the S-550 CD's from a CD I bought off of EBAY.
** Editors Note: I have tested an AppleCD 150 with Sony CDU‑541‑25 mechanism + factory firmware v1.8g and it is NOT compatible with the S‑550
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