3500 - What's your preferred firmware

vbimport

#1

Hi,

I bought my 3500 this past week and am completely new to the DVD writing scene. I did much research before my purchase, and due to my budget I held off for quite some time despite wanting a burner (I had to go with a DL capable drive, and it sure wasn’t going to be a 2.4X). I’m not sure if this has been covered, but what firmware are you fellow users using? I realize at this point in time there aren’t many options and opinions on this matter are fairly subjective, but I’m curious nonetheless.

I bought my drive with 2.16, and soonafter upgraded to “2.08 unofficial”. I finally got a hold of Herrie’s 2.17 which seems feature rich, but I’m unsure if I want to revert to older write-strategies. On the other hand, 2.16 served me well for about 10 discs. Then there’s the Mad Dog 2.F8 firmware. I don’t like the fact that each firmware in the Mad Dog package is good for one feature (ie. rip lock OR rpc1). Am I missing any?


#2

NEC ND-3500A (from MAD DOG MD-16XDVD9) 2.F8 RPC1 and Rip Speed Firmware

Included files

README.TXT This file

3500FAST.EXE 3100@3500 and Rip Lock Patches

3500RPC1.EXE RPC1, 3100@3500 and Rip Lock Patches

WINBTYPE.EXE Windows Book Type tool DVD+R SL & DL

the 3500rpc1.exe has both rpc1 and rip lock patches.
btw you may want also to give a try to beta6 released by Liggy, http://upload.cdfreaks.com/torsten/beta6.rar
refer to this thread for Liggy’s firmware: http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=107360


#3

Isnt Herries 2.17 based on the above mentioned software? Mad Dog 2.F8?


#4

Welcome lubs

Just a note to evilhead´s link to Liggy´s “beta6” firmware. This is still on a “experimental” stage.

Herrie´s 2.17 is a good choice. :wink:


#5

Odd. When I try to run the flasher for Herrie’s 2.17 I get an error stating “Target NEC ND-3500A is not found correctly.” I imagine this has something to do with me flashing to 2.08.

Evilhead - Thanks for the clarification regarding Mad Dog’s and shining light on Liggy’s developments for me. I must say, some of those scans from that experimental firmware are a little scary, but I suppose development has to begin somewhere.


#6

#7

Of course, but remember that many of those scans were done on overspeeded media.
btw, yes Herrie’s should be the best choice at the moment :iagree:


#8

Would be real nice to turn off OPC and really get some fast burns in …few months from now this might be a great drive!


#9

herries 2.17 :smiley:


#10

LOL are you crazy or what? :stuck_out_tongue:
Disabling OPC + overspeeding media= 100% Coasters
C’mon, it’s a NEC… :stuck_out_tongue:


#11

One of the reasons the ND-3500AG burns so well is it has a WOPC system, i’d choose quality over speed any day. :stuck_out_tongue:


#12

WOPC = Walking Optimal Power Control (ie. laser power control)

I´m not that techical educated… did I get it right? :wink:


#13

Just flashed mine with Herrie’s and i am back to 4x on my Verbatim 4x, with the beta 5 i could burn up to 12x…


#14

According to NEC’s tech papers on the ND-3500AG which is where i get me tech info from :o your 100% correct :wink:
EDIT : Nec actually say ‘Optimized’ but same word innit :slight_smile:


#15

WOPC is technically cool, quite advanced. Quality is more important than speed in my books. Mix these factors with Herrie’s firmware hacks and you are on a winner!!! Thank goodness I didnt buy a Pioneer 108…


#16

Roger that…just wish 16X media would be more abundant though. :iagree:


#17

Any suggestions as to how I can flash with Herrie’s despite the error? I’m almost certain the problem lies in the 2.08 firmware I have loaded now.


#18

yeah use http://uniflash.cdfreaks.com


#19

Thanks wesociety. Where can I get Herrie’s 2.17 in .bin format? Or should I go to retail and then flash to Herrie’s?


#20

Here is the original firmware plus modded 2.16’s in *.bin format:

http://forum.rpc1.org/dl_file.php?site=tdb1&file=3500_216.ZIP

Use the flash tool above and then use Herrie’s 2.17 flasher to go back up.

Just remember to reboot the system when it needs to reboot.