BenQ DW1670, Sony DRU-820A and I/O Magic (DW1670 OEM) crossflash!

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#1

In the last few days, ala42 and us have successfully tested crossflashing BenQ DW1670 OEM (I/O Magic) to DW1670 retail/Sony DRU-820A and vice versa. The latest MCSE v1.0.8.9 now supports crossflash option for these drives. Many thanks to ala42. :clap:

The DW1670 firmware 004 that was used is a “development firmware” for internal testing purpose only.

Here are some screenshots.


I/O Magic (DW1670 OEM) crossflashed to DW1670 fw 004


I/O Magic (DW1670 OEM) crossflashed to Sony DRU-820A 1.0b


Sony DRU-820A 1.0b crossflashed to DW1670


DW1670 crossflashed to DRU-820A.


#2

How to use the crossflash option in MCSE. In this example, we will crossflash I/O Magic (DW1670 OEM) to Sony DRU-820A. (Please note this will void your drive warranty).

  1. Load the firmware. Example below I use DRU-820A fw 1.0b
  2. In the bottom right, change “Current drive id” to “ATAPI DVD DC16X8X5”

  1. CLick Yes in the warning message

  1. Click “Save” to save the loaded firmware to your harddrive.
  2. Flash the firmware to your I/O Magic (DW1670 OEM) drive.
  3. Reboot your PC.

#3

Now let see some scans.

MCC004 burned @16x with BenQ DW1670 004 (OEM, I/O Magic)

Excellent quality


#4

YUDEN000T03 burned @16x with BenQ DW1670 004 (OEM, I/O Magic)

Excellent quality


#5

Now let’s test the 12x writing strategy, which appears after we disabled 16x write strategy.

TYG02 burned @12x with BenQ DW1670 004 (OEM, I/O Magic)
In this case TYG02@TYG03 (MCSE)

Very nice burn.


#6

Great work folks, and a direct answer to a thread I posted just prior to this thread being posted…your ears burning?..Just flashed my IOMagic1670 to Sony 820a…After trying the Sony firmware out, I’ll look forward to flashing to new 1670 firmware…Thank you so much…


#7

CD Freaks rule! Thank you for all your hard work - I now have a “Sony 820A” and am a happy camper until the new firmware for the DW1670 arrives


#8

Thanks zevia. Phenomenal work indeed. :clap:

Cross Flashing worked perfectly and now have a Benq 1670 running 1.0b firmware. :bow:


#9

Is the Sony Firmware any better? I have a Sony DRU-820 and a IO Magic Benq DW-1670 and haven’t really seen much of a difference in the two drives. But then again I haven’t used either one alot since I picked them up a few weeks ago. I removed my retail DW-1640 to try them. Maybe I better hang on to my DW-1640 and not Ebay it until I find out if the new Panasonic chipset Benq’s are any good!


#10

Thanks ala42 and zevia. :clap: :bow:

[offtopic]
Would “you” be able to support the DQ60 (ATAPI DVD DC 8X16X8X) also?
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#11

Thanks zevia and ala42. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Hope we’ll soon see some quality tests on BenQ’s (with jitter).


#12

This is great work!
look forward to see more scan on cheap media with BenQ’s firmware :slight_smile:

And where can I download BenQ1670 firmware?


#13

[offtopic]

Probably. The 12x burn speed trick has already been tested on a TEAC516E firmware, so chances are very good that it also works on a DQ60.
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#14

ok I give up - zevia mentions disabling the 16x burn strategy and ala42 mentions a 12x burn trick. Search for some reason isn’t working for me in the forums (gietting a “this page can’t be displayed”).

How do I do this - with MCSE I assume? I’d like to swap strategies for the RITEK R04 I’ve got that burn better at 12x than 8x or 16x but cannot find a way to do it with the DW1670 crossflashed to the Sony 820A.

And yes, I know the Ritek R04 isn’t great media, but this is a second level backup for data (and some cases third), it isn’t going to be a disaster. First level back up is on TYG02 or Verbatim (don’t have the disks here for which code) and off site. But still would like to get the level of burns I was getting on this media with the 1633S. I don’t want to burn these just on the 1633S as reason for a second burner was to do backups in one sitting by switching drives after 3-4 burns eliminating the need to give the burner a rest


#15

Ritek R04 burned @16x with Ritek R05 strategy on the BenQ 1670@Sony 820A 1.0b - second burn

and I hope I did this right - but as you requested - Ritek R04 has got to be considered “cheap media”. While the PIE is somewhat higher than the 1633S@1635S CSOT produces @12x, PIF are right in the ball park for the typical results I have gotten on this



#16

Right. If you disable 16x write speed with MCSE by selecting the media code from the list you want to change, unchecking the 16x write speed checkbox, pressing set, saving and flashing the modified firmware, the drive offers 12x write speed for this media.


#17

(hitting forehead with hand - duh!)

now that you have explained that, I can’t believe I didn’t see it. Thank you very much

off to try it


#18

I am able to find the Sony DRU-820a 1.0b firmware, however, I have not found the 1670 v004 firmware. Were the scans above from DVDs burned with the 1.0b firmware?


#19

Have you really read the posts and looked at the scans ? :slight_smile:


#20

Message #2 states:
"1. Load the firmware. Example below I use DRU-820A fw 1.0b
2. In the bottom right, change “Current drive id” to “ATAPI DVD DC16X8X5"
3. CLick Yes in the warning message
4. Click “Save” to save the loaded firmware to your harddrive.
5. Flash the firmware to your I/O Magic (DW1670 OEM) drive.
6. Reboot your PC.”

To me it looks like we are flashing the Sony software to the 1670 drive.

Then the next three messages say “burned @16x with BenQ DW1670 004 (OEM, I/O Magic)”

I guess I am really missing something that is obvious here…
Found it: “The DW1670 firmware 004 that was used is a “development firmware” for internal testing purpose only.”