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Postby mikepraba on Wed Mar 30, 2005 10:20 am

I am planning to buy a Pioneer 109 OEM. can some one tell me how do I make sure the drive comes with latest F/W? I know benq HAS THE VERSION OF f/w printed on the back of the drive. is there anything i can look for on pioneer? Is F/W version 1.40 has improved the pioneer 109?
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Postby Bhairav on Wed Mar 30, 2005 10:30 am

You will have to hook up the drive to check, maybe with NeroInfoTool or the ilk. According to Ian and OC-FReak, 1.40 FW has improved the drive significantly, yes.
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Postby mikepraba on Wed Mar 30, 2005 10:38 am

see the problem is the retailer wont take the drive back for refund or excahnge (since it is OEM version) I just want to make sure I am gettting the right one. Also i was looking at pioneer website and there is no F/W 1.40 their latest available f/w for dvr-109 is F/W 1.17. now i am confused.
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Postby Bhairav on Wed Mar 30, 2005 11:02 am

mikepraba wrote:see the problem is the retailer wont take the drive back for refund or excahnge (since it is OEM version) I just want to make sure I am gettting the right one. Also i was looking at pioneer website and there is no F/W 1.40 their latest available f/w for dvr-109 is F/W 1.17. now i am confused.


Whichever drive you get, it will be able to be upgraded to 1.40
Here you go:
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=131961
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Postby Ian on Wed Mar 30, 2005 11:15 am

Yeah, we were discussing it here:

http://www.cdrlabs.com/phpBB/viewtopic. ... 1&start=25

I'm not surprised Pioneer USA doesn't have 1.40 online yet.. but both Pioneer Europe and Japan have it.

I wouldn't bother looking to see what firmware comes on the drive. Just buy one and flash it yourself. I highly doubt you'd find one with 1.40 yet anyway.
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Postby mikepraba on Wed Mar 30, 2005 12:50 pm

is buffalo F/W as good as Pioneer?
do they have something equal to pioneer 1.4?
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Postby Ian on Wed Mar 30, 2005 1:18 pm

As far as I understand, the only difference between the buffalo and Pioneer firmware is the addition of bitsetting for DVD+R/RW.

They do have an 8.40 firmware available:

http://www2.melcoinc.co.jp/pub/hd/dvmrdm16fb_fw840.exe
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Postby mikepraba on Fri Apr 01, 2005 12:27 am

is there any harm or difficulty if I want to change the bufalo f/w back to pioneer 1.40? is it possible?is there a window flasher available for this or I have to do with DOS? I am not comfortable with DOS flash.
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Postby Jim on Fri Apr 01, 2005 8:42 am

You can change back and forth as you will.

There appears to be a Windows flasher, but I haven't used it.

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