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Postby aviationwiz on Tue Mar 20, 2007 4:42 pm

Here we go. It's a start.

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Postby Wesociety on Tue Mar 20, 2007 7:24 pm

Looks good, how did you get that first UNCORRECTABLE error?
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Postby aviationwiz on Tue Mar 20, 2007 10:53 pm

I think from trying to play back a DVD movie.
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Postby SithTracy on Mon Mar 26, 2007 7:15 pm

I just ordered one from Directron.com... they got them on sale right now. Hoping there are ways to add features to the drive like bitsetting and DVD-RAM writing support in the future... But I wanted to try a Pioneer drive and did not want to use the Jmicron IDE controller on my board anymore.
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Postby SithTracy on Sun Apr 22, 2007 9:07 pm

Requested an RMA on my 212D... Tried to burn a CD with various APPs and they all died immediately. The thing burns DVD+/-R (+DL)'s great, just can't burn CD's... (Audio or data). Anyone else have similar issues?
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Postby cougfan on Tue Apr 24, 2007 4:48 pm

I am having the exact same issue with the Pioneer 212 that I just picked-up... It will read blank DVD media just fine, but it just wont read a blank CD-R with Nero or otherwise, well actually, it worked once, but 90% of the time it just freezes up. Any more insight into this Sith?
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Postby SithTracy on Tue Apr 24, 2007 6:16 pm

Awaiting an RMA... I made the mistake of not burning a CD under the 1.09 fw... I was going on vacation after I got the drive. When I returned 1.15 was out so I flashed... DVD burns were great... I then tried a CD burn and it started the burn but failed... Just burns long enough to coaster some damn good discs (Maxell CD-R Pro's/Taiyo Yuden's). Using latest Intel AHCI drivers on a P965 (Asus P5B Deluxe mb)... My Plextor PX-755SA is a solid performer so I am confident it is not the SATA on the board. Will post back after I get the replacement. Probably by the end of the week.

I was hoping to get some experiences from users here and on cdfreaks forum. I was worried that 1.15 might have broke something, but no way to confirm. Not heard from anyone on this until now. Are you still on 1.09 or up to 1.15?
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Postby cougfan on Tue Apr 24, 2007 6:46 pm

Sith,

I also have an Asus P5-B deluxe motherboard, but I don't recall if I have the latest drivers or not; I did do a fresh Windows XP Pro install about 6 weeks ago and had the latest drivers at that time. I can also tell you that I had the exact same problem with FW 1.09 and then I flashed to 1.15 in hopes that it would solve the issue, but both firmwares proved to create the same outcome. I also have an Asus 1814blt SATA DVD burner working perfectly on this motherboard. I even switched the SATA channels as well as using the non-intel SATA, but again same results. The only other device I have on a SATA controller is a Seagate .10 320GB hard Drive. Here is a quick look at my specs if it helps:

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Postby SithTracy on Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:01 pm

My primary rig is as follows:

Asus P5B Deluxe WiFi/AP (not using the WiFi/AP) 1011 BIOS
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Pioneer DVR-212D fw1.15 (pending RMA)
all packed into a roomy, though unsatisfying, Enermax Phoenix case (Antec ticked me off on an RMA issue and I vowed never to own any Antec product again).

I'm guessing your drive burns DVD's well, just not CD's. Always liked Pioneer equipment, but it always a gamble to buy something new from anyone and this is their first attempt at SATA. Looking forward to getting the replacement. I hope this is just coincidence since no one else seems to be posting on the issue.

I forgot before I shipped the "defective" Pioneer out, I tried it in my Asus A8N-SLI and had the same results.
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Postby cougfan on Wed Apr 25, 2007 10:57 am

Sith,

You are going to enjoy this: I played around with my Pioneer 212D and I can now read CD-R's just fine!! Unfortunatley,now it won't work with any of the DVD+/-R's I own in the same manner as the CD-R's before. Time to take it back I guess...
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Postby cougfan on Wed Apr 25, 2007 5:14 pm

Okay, I exchanged my Pioneer DVR-212D for a new one and it appears to function as it should. =D>
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Postby SithTracy on Wed Apr 25, 2007 5:59 pm

That is reassuring. Mine should be here Friday!
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Postby SithTracy on Thu Apr 26, 2007 8:45 pm

It looks like The Dangerous Brothers have a crossflash to make the 212D a 212... My replacement isn't here to guinea pig it on, anyone else game? I think all it adds is DVD-RAM support. Not sure if you can bring it up to 1.15 afterwards...
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Postby Wesociety on Fri Apr 27, 2007 1:58 am

SithTracy wrote:It looks like The Dangerous Brothers have a crossflash to make the 212D a 212...

Nice! I knew that cross-flash would pop up sooner or later. 8)
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Postby SithTracy on Fri Apr 27, 2007 10:03 pm

Still waiting on my RMA drive did not show today... Did anyone try TDB's firmware... I see that have new RPC1 versions for the 212 and 212D... Just wondering if the 1.08 worked because it has been pulled from TDB's site.
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Postby hoxlund on Sun Jun 17, 2007 10:03 am

any new news or info on this drive?

im anxious to go all sata, still using my px-716

i would keep it around and probably put it in an external enclosure
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Postby Scour on Sun Jun 17, 2007 2:27 pm

Still waiting for the 212 in germany :(
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Postby hoxlund on Sun Jun 17, 2007 7:34 pm

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Postby SithTracy on Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:27 pm

hoxlund wrote:any new news or info on this drive?
I have a couple of them due to an RMA mistake... Have the latest firmware on the one I have installed on my P965 based rig, will probably put the other one in my nForce4 SLI rig when I have time. This is my first Pioneer DVD burner... perhaps my expectations were a bit high with all the Pioneer fans praising their drives, but I consider it average... Does a great job with Verbatim DVD+R (though you can't bitset yet -- can't find a firmware for it that does), but I was disappointed with the Verbatim DVD-R writes... It did a great job with my Taiyo Yuden -R 8x media, but it's all gone now. I ordered an LG GSA-H62N (SATA based on Renesas chip in the H42/44 series drives)... waiting for that to replace my LG GSA-H22N so I can be all SATA and off of the damn Jmicron controller for good.
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Postby hoxlund on Mon Jun 18, 2007 1:08 am

my last pioneer drive was the dvr-108

was a kickass reader, i would never use it as a dvd burner

thats what my plextor is for

i loved it because of the rip-speed unlock/rpc-1 firmware

but this drive does look promising especially since its a SATA drive
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Postby SithTracy on Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:06 am

hoxlund wrote:i loved it because of the rip-speed unlock
If that is what you are looking for, then you'll be pretty happy with it, but it has struggled reading some of my burned discs... Reminds me a bit of my old NEC ND-3500A, which could barley read a disc it burned.
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Postby Supacon on Sun Aug 05, 2007 6:21 pm

Has anyone had any luck using the Dangerous Boys flash to a 212 from a 212D?

Whenever I try, it fails. It works okay to flash to the RPC1 212D, but if I try the 212, it fails.
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Postby SithTracy on Sun Aug 05, 2007 8:30 pm

There is not yet a crossflash for the Pioneer 212D to 212 (Pioneer or Buffalo) drive that I am aware of... Not sure if if works with ala42's MCSE.
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Postby Supacon on Sun Aug 05, 2007 11:51 pm

Hmm... I thought there was, but I must have misunderstood.

I was under the impression you could just flash using the flasher for a different drive, and it'd work, if it was the same hardware (which it is in this case, right?)
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Postby SithTracy on Mon Aug 06, 2007 5:34 am

It's the same hardware... the difference is the "D" series does not write to DVD-RAM.... Neither the 212 or the 212D can bitset to DVD-ROM... for that you need the Buffalo firmware. TDB posted a crossflash for about a day in their beta some time ago but quickly pulled it.

If you need DVD-RAM and bitsetting, I am hearing that the Samsung SH-203B is an outstanding drive... Ordered one and waiting for it to arrive.
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