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Posted 27 September 2009 - 03:29 PM

Book type +R/+RW media on NEC/Optiarc drives


In this guide you will see how NEC/Optiarc drives can book type DVD +R and +RW single layer media. With original firmware only +R DL media will be book typed to 'DVD-ROM'.

Certain older DVD players, including DVD players in some laptop computers, will not load DVD+R discs at all because those formats did not even exist when the player's firmware was written. However, by changing the book type on a DVD+R to DVD-ROM, those players should be able to load and play the DVD+R.

With official NEC/Optiarc firmware only the options for +R double layer media works in the 'Change Book Type' function, that is located in the 'Tools' menu.

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When you press the 'Change' button to change the book type setting, you will get an error window.

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In the ImgBurn log you will also see that the 'Book Type' is set to the same as the 'Source Media Type', when you burn a +R or +RW single layer disc.

I 00:00:04 Cycling Tray before Verify...
W 00:00:13 Waiting for device to become ready...
I 00:00:25 Device Ready!
I 00:00:25 Operation Started!
I 00:00:25 Source Device: [6:0:0] Optiarc DVD RW AD-7200A 1.09 (P:) (USB)
I 00:00:25 Source Media Type: DVD+R (Book Type: DVD+R) (Disc ID: YUDEN000-T02-00) (Speeds: 4x; 6x; 8x)


So what you need to do is to flash the burner with a patched firmware, that sets the book type for you and also allows for the options in the 'Change Book Type' function to be working. You can read more about how the 'Change Book Type' function works in the 'Functions Guide', section '4.2.12.4 NEC'.

In this guide I will use the Optiarc model AD-7200A as an example.
  • Download the patched firmware

    Go to Liggy's and Dee's modified NEC and Optiarc firmwares page and click on the '7200 / 7201 / 7203' row in the column of 'Drives'. As I have the Optiarc AD-7200A model, I then click on the 'Download' link in the column 'Firmware version' for the 'AD-7200A Firmware 1.09' row, as 1.09 is the currently latest version of the official firmware for this drive. Save the file to your hard disk.

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    You then need to unzip/extract the downloaded file to your hard disk. This can be done with the free program 7-Zip or any other similar tool.
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  • Download Binflash

    Go to the Binflash web page and download the current GUI version to your hard disk.

    Select either the 'Win32 GUI' or the 'Win x64 GUI' version, depending on if you are running a 32 or 64 bits Windows system.

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    You then need to unzip/extract the downloaded file to your hard disk. This can be done with the free program 7-Zip or any other similar tool.
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  • Start Binflash

    Run the file 'NECWinFlash.exe' from the location where you extracted the downloaded Binflash file.

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  • Flash the drive

    Before you flash the drive, make sure that you have no disc in the tray and that the tray is closed. Also close down programs that can affect the flash.
    • Load the patched firmware

      Make sure that you have select the appropriate drive in the drop down list of installed drives.

      If you open up the file 'readme.txt' that is located inside the unzipped folder from the download from the 'Liggy's and Dee's modified NEC and Optiarc firmwares' page, you can read more about the included files.

      Optiarc AD-7200A 1.09 Firmware

      Included files:
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      readme.txt - This file
      109_orig.bin - Unmodified Optiarc AD-7200A firmware 1.09
      109_rpc1.bin - 1.09 firmware including RPC1 patch
      109_auto.bin - 1.09 firmware including auto-reset patch
      109bt_orig.bin - 1.09 firmware including booktype patch
      109bt_rpc1.bin - 1.09 firmware including booktype and RPC1 patch
      109bt_auto.bin - 1.09 firmware including booktype and auto-reset patch


      In this case we want the firmware that includes the booktype patch - the file '109bt_orig.bin'.

      Press the 'Flash' button and browse to the location where you extracted the downloaded patched firmware folder and select the file named '109bt_orig.bin'.

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    • Accept to flash it

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      Press the 'Yes' button.
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    • Flash in progress

      The flash of the new firmware takes place.

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    • Restart your computer

      If the flash was successfully you will see this window.

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      Now you need to restart the computer so the new firmware can be recognized by Windows. Press the 'OK' button, close down Binflash and restart your computer.
  • Auto Change Book Type

    Check in the ImgBurn settings that the option 'Auto Change Book Type' is enabled.

    You'll find this setting by selecting 'Tools' in the main menu of ImgBurn and then the option 'Settings'. Go to tab 'Write - Page 1'. If it's not enabled, enable it.

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The next time when you burn a +R or +RW single layer disc you will see that the 'Book Type' is changed to 'DVD-ROM'.

I 00:00:24 Cycling Tray before Verify...
W 00:00:32 Waiting for device to become ready...
I 00:00:44 Device Ready!
I 00:00:45 Operation Started!
I 00:00:45 Source Device: [6:0:0] Optiarc DVD RW AD-7200A 1.09 (P:) (USB)
I 00:00:45 Source Media Type: DVD+R (Book Type: DVD-ROM) (Disc ID: YUDEN000-T02-00) (Speeds: 4x; 6x; 8x)






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