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NEC CD-ROM Driver 3.4.2 & 4.0.2

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NEC_CD-ROM_Driver_3.4.2.hqx (91.40 KB)
MD5: f3637a6a027e0ee6993b45413e7c6a57
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
NEC_4.0.2_for_Sys_7.sit (108.72 KB)
MD5: 06b642f0a2c21f66891bdee209c9e792
For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
Emulation
Guides on emulating older applications

NEC CD-ROM Driver, or NecCDDrvr, is an INIT (extension) that adds CD-ROM reading capabilities to an early Macintosh.

DL #1: The download provided is not an original disk image, but rather a reconstruction, and collects the original elements together from the hard disk they were recovered from. Presumably intended for use with an NEC CD-ROM optical disc drive, it has been tested to also work with an AppleCD 600e.

Items include:

• NecCDDrvr 3.4.2
• CD Driver Read Me
• Audio CD Access 4.0.2
• Foreign File Access 4.0.2
• High Sierra File Access 4.0.2
• ISO 9660 File Access 4.0.2
• Music Box (an "Audio CD Controller Program" bundled with the driver)

DL #2: Updated driver version 4.0.2 for NEC 3X CD Readers. The StuffIt "sit" archive contains the updated driver, an audio CD player ("Music Box", as a desk accessory, and an application program), and the Apple access drivers mentioned above (also v4.0.2), all within a Disk Copy 4.2, 800k floppy disk image file.

When new, v4.0.2 was only distributed to NEC 3X Reader owners per customer request.

Compatibility
Architecture: 68k

The Read Me states that the "NecCDDrvr" INIT must load prior to AppleShare at system startup. It recommends appending "AA " (with a space) to the front of the file name, such that it reads "AA NecCDDrvr". This ensures that it will load first in the order.

NecCDDrvr v4.0.2 is compatible with System 6 and 7.

The NecCDDrvr v4.0.2's Read Me doc states that owners of earlier NEC Readers should NOT install this driver as "this driver will work ONLY with the NEC 3x READERS. Users of these (earlier) drives should use the older versions of the NecCDDrvr."

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lilliputian's picture
by lilliputian - 2020, March 11 - 1:37am
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Seems that there are quite a few of the drives on eBay, but of the ones I glanced at, none seemed to indicate that they came with any software (though one had its original box, curiously enough).

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2020, March 10 - 7:05am

And we'll probably never know Wink

(There can't be too many copies of it in existence floating around).

lilliputian's picture
by lilliputian - 2020, March 10 - 6:19am
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It may be that the original install media has a DA Suitcase as well as an application, but I don't have that, just a copy of the volume it was installed onto.

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by lilliputian - 2020, March 10 - 6:17am
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As I mentioned, it was on a SSW 7 volume in an LCIII (which can't run System 6), so however it was originally installed, it likely came that way.

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by MikeTomTom - 2020, March 10 - 6:10am

If Music Box was in your the original source, then it possibly also came in the form of a Desk Accessory suitcase, which required the Font/DA Mover to install it for SSW 6 (as in the System6Files folder in the 4.0.2 disk).

lilliputian's picture
by lilliputian - 2020, March 10 - 5:50am
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"Music Box" was on the original source volume as well, so I've updated my original upload!

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by lilliputian - 2020, March 10 - 3:09am
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Incidentally this was used on a machine running System 7! I do not know which drive though.

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by lilliputian - 2020, March 10 - 3:05am
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Wonderful! Would be good to have it all in one place.

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2020, March 10 - 2:00am

Now this does take me back in time.

The 1st CD drive we owned was an NEC 3x speed external SCSI CD-ROM drive.

I have kept the updated (for SSW 7.x) v4 drivers for this, but not this earlier set. I can add the v4 set to the page.

lilliputian's picture
by lilliputian - 2020, March 10 - 1:22am
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This was recovered one of the LCIIIs that was in my old high school music department, which were later acquired by a friend and former classmate of mine who currently works for the town. This was from the one he kept, which I helped image. (Fun fact: while I got one of them as well, the third one was donated to the 8-bit guy; you can see it in an unboxing video from a while back!).