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Postby eranros on Thu Oct 07, 2004 2:11 am

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Will there be a full review of the NEC 3500A on CDRlabs?
Thanks.
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Postby Ian on Thu Oct 07, 2004 7:59 am

eranros wrote:Ian
Will there be a full review of the NEC 3500A on CDRlabs?
Thanks.


Yes. I've been waiting for a new firmware update.
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Postby bobmitchell on Thu Oct 07, 2004 10:11 am

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Based on all that I have read...the 2.17 firmware is official. Have you toyed with it?

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Postby Ian on Thu Oct 07, 2004 11:34 am

bobmitchell wrote:Based on all that I have read...the 2.17 firmware is official. Have you toyed with it?


I haven't bothered. Some of my sources have said that they're already testing 2.x9.

Has NEC even "officially" released 2.17 for the 3500? The only version of this I've seen is for TDK's drive.
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Postby bobmitchell on Thu Oct 07, 2004 11:49 am

I am also having my doubts! The problem with this drive is there are so many "hacked" firmwares...that it is like the little boy who cried "Wolf"

This one's real...no that one's the real one...no this one...It's tiring to read all the different posts and try to make heads or tails out of it. The NEC page does not have a firmware for this drive listed...two days after the supposed "official" firmware was released. I flashed the 2.17 and find no difference from the 2.16...but I do want to flash the "official" when it does come out...so I am most likely going back to 2.16.

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Postby eranros on Sat Oct 09, 2004 3:20 am

Just a small questin regarding write speed:
With any firmware that I've tried so far, when there is no disc in the drive, Nero and Roxio show available speeds of x1 - x6 . Is this normal behavior? When I put a disc in, it shows the current speed for that disk. I don't have any x16 media to test.
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Postby alexnoe on Sat Oct 09, 2004 5:58 am

The NEC's firmware seems to report CD media speeds only if no media is inserted.

As it can write CDs at 8x, 16x, 24x, 32x, 40x and 48x, this results in 1x-6x if Nero thinks those speeds to be DVD write speeds.
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Postby bobmitchell on Sat Oct 09, 2004 9:47 am

I wouldn't worry too much about that. When I insert TDK 4X discs...it says 8X. When I insert Verbatim 4X, it says 4X and when I insert Fujifilm 8X...it reports 16X...and they are the exact burn speeds for DVD+R. Nero and the drive are very media specific...

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Postby alexnoe on Sat Oct 09, 2004 9:52 am

Nero isn't. That's the one single thing you can't blame Nero for
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