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NEC ND-3500a firmware?

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Well, this section is called Drives & Media. :) So, I thought I'd post it here.

 

 

Has anyone tried any of the firmware for the NEC ND-3500a beyond the official release version from NEC, 2.1A? I was wondering, if anyone had, what firmware was it and if it worked. :D I found something called LD Version 1.4 (Liggy & Dee NEC ND-3500 firmware) with some swapped write strategies, etc. Wondered if anyone had had any better reads/writes with any unofficial firmware before I tried it.

 

 

Thanks!

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Installed the latest from the link and it seems fine. :) You sure that 2TB is the latest? 2TG looks like it is. It's not only the larger value :D but, the date listed on the 2TB like is February 2005, and TG is July 2005. That list appears to be entirely hapharzardly made, not in order according to age.

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I used the modded fw on my NEC4550 from the same source - db worked fine for me, reverted to stock fw for the disc tests tho.... :)

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I am running 2.TG for months now and it's running good with Ricoh 8x @ 16x and TY 8x @ 12x. As you might know (I am sure you do), it all depends on the media you are using, but 2.TG is definitely recommended on my end.

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Ritek 16x sounds good. I've been using RITEKF1 for less important, temporary, etc. backups and some genuine Sony 8x DVD-R's I picked up last year as my long term storage right now.

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No, NOT Ritek! I was referring to RICOH JPN-R02-03 (8x) media. I don't know how Riteks will perform with 2.TG but since the 3500 is a great drive I wouldn't be surprised if Riteks will go well too, although I just don't trust that dye in the long turn.

 

Edit: If you take media scans serious - which I don't - you might check this thread on cdfreaks.com for some scanning results. :P

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just friggin dandy tried the 2.TG firmware downloaded it flashed it all went ok but now my drive 3500 reports all DVD's as unsupported disks and the cd freaks site wont let me log in with my user name or password says invalid username or password and I cant flash back to 2.1A with the firmware page called up with IMGburn :thumbup: wonderfull

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I don't take scans results seriously. :) No one has YET to tell me what to look for in them, so, all those graphs and values don't mean anything to me. As for Ritek vs. Ricoh, it's all the same. Both come from Ricoh, and, Ricoh has been more than willing, in the past, to use returned discs rebranded.

 

 

polo;

 

when it says unsupported, what is saying unsupported? Explorer? ImgBurn? Plus, have you tried rewritables? I've yet to try a burn, but, I can get a DVD-RW that was previously burned to read under 2.TG.

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I don't take scans results seriously. :) No one has YET to tell me what to look for in them, so, all those graphs and values don't mean anything to me. As for Ritek vs. Ricoh, it's all the same. Both come from Ricoh, and, Ricoh has been more than willing, in the past, to use returned discs rebranded.

 

Well, it isn't that difficult to understand, PIE shouldn't exceed a value of 280, PIF's shouldn't exceed 4 per block. Beta and Jitter values should be stable (-5,0% ~ +10%) in order to avoid a skipping and freezing disc.

You are sure that you had a Ricoh dye as a Ritek labeled media? Well, I don't buy Ritek, but this sounds unusual to me since both are competitors and share the same markets. Anyways as long as it works out for you there is no need to discuss about media dyes. :coffee:

 

 

...tried the 2.TG firmware downloaded it flashed it all went ok but now my drive 3500 reports all DVD's as unsupported disks...

 

I am sorry to hear that, I never had such a problem and I flashed my drive pretty often. I guess you haven't flashed with a disc inside or with AnyDVD active (the latter shouldn't be a problem)? That might happen pretty often when you're flashing in a hurry or something like this.

Your drive is still recognized in BIOS/Windows? Does it still support CD-Rs? Which media type are you using? Maybe its write strategy got replaced by another one?

What you could try as one of the last options is using Binflash to dump the old firmware and flash a new binary file.

Use this tool with care, but if the drive is really dead there is not that much left to loose, unfortunately. If you can't log-in at cdfreaks and would like to seek assistance without a new registration, simply use BugMeNot. A useful resource for different tasks. :teehee::rasp:

 

I hope you get your drive working again.

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polo;

 

when it says unsupported, what is saying unsupported? Explorer? ImgBurn? Plus, have you tried rewritables? I've yet to try a burn, but, I can get a DVD-RW that was previously burned to read under 2.TG.

 

it wouldn't read any discs I've burned (DVD5 Yudens and Verbs ) and wouldn't read a factory DVD with Power DVD , this morning 2 days later it reads and plays everything . I didn't do anything but walk away from it all pissed off and the computer is always on under normal circumstances except for the reboot for the flash , this is too strange. When I have time I'll log back into CDfreaks if they let me and see if I can restore original firmware 2.1a with L&D' s flash utility

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It was a bit fussy to reflash the old FW when I did that for my NEC for the disc tests, as polo rightly points out official fw can't be installed now as it doesn't recognise the NEC drives - thanks to chewy I got mine sorted.

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Do they make a universal firmware reading/flashing utility? I know I have Flashfix on hand to flash the LiteOn/JLMS 166s DVD-ROM to unofficial firmware. Will basically send any firmware file to the drive, even if it's another drive's.

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it wouldn't read any discs I've burned (DVD5 Yudens and Verbs ) and wouldn't read a factory DVD with Power DVD , this morning 2 days later it reads and plays everything . I didn't do anything but walk away from it all pissed off and the computer is always on under normal circumstances except for the reboot for the flash , this is too strange.

I remember back when my NEC 3500a only had 1 problem: Verifies would fail, but, they would read fine in the LiteOn 166s and play fine in stand alones. Then, without changing brands of DVD-R, even using discs from the same stack, the problem just went away and hasn't returned yet. :/

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6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single "This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation" warning light.

 

 

Funny they say this, because, for decades, car manufacturers have already implemented this. It's called the CHECK ENGINE LIGHT! =)) That bloody light can mean just about ANYTHING to the point where it is useless.

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Update, with the suggestion of 3000 I used Binflash and was able to flash the 3500 back to the original 2.1 and alls well again now if they NEC would release firmware 2R8 I'd be able to do some scans and see what thats all about :thumbup:

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from what I read yeah its available but not to general public supposed release is this month . DvdinfoPro has it and NicW is working on his software for support .You can request it from Zebra for beta testing at www.cdrinfo.com/forum/fb.asp?m=103794

 

from the forum

 

"As Zebra may have already told you, we were contacted by NEC to include scanning for their 3500 drive in DVDInfoPro.

 

Here is a screen shot of the NEC PI/PIF scanning routine I am working on. I am trying hard to get this ready by the next release which should be around 17th March. The routine needs a new firmware which is unreleased at this time, I expect NEC to release this soon.

 

Please liase with Zebra for beta testing of this routine, I am have been very busy working on other versions that you may or may not have heard about yet.

 

cheers

NicW "

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