KC, thanks for replying.
We too purchased a TEAC CD-Drive (from NI) with the 8184 and that works fine. But I remember paying a huge premium for the Teac over similar drives available in the market. And we bought the drive from NI because one odd page said only so and so drive models work with the 8184. And none of them was available freely in the market in India. So, we went through NI.
Logically, I too believe any model should work. However, to be on the safer side, I would still like to confirm if anyone has done the exercise of having a CD-Writer from the free market working trouble-free with the 8184 (or any similar controller from NI).
I agree with you. Better be sure before buying if it is expensive.
I paid twice the price of USB CD writer (local shop) for the TEAC drive (at NI). But buying it together with the controller it's a small amount. It's like fooling yourself
The NI controller we have (8184) and probably other controller models these days come with an 'image' of the OS on the HDD. This area is not accessible to the user and acts as a always present OS backup. Which means the ability to boot from the USB is not really important. I am using the logic that if the controller is OK it will boot from its image, if the controller is gone bad then it can neither boot from its image nor the USB. Do correct me if I am flawed.
I have some questions/obserations:
1) Is the ability to boot from USB retained for controllers having an OS image on the HDD?
2) Does NI tweak the CD drive or can I go ahead and buy the NI tested model from the open market?
3) I was disappointed to see only 3 drives being tested. Also, none of these are models popular in Asia. May I suggest NI takes up testing for few more models (which are also easily available). For example, in India, popular brands are Sony, LG and Samsung.
Wishing the complete NI community a year full of Eureka! moments.