BenQ DW822A - B3JCY-2 Firmware Is Released

I don’t know anything about changes in this release, I only recognized the newer upload date.:confused:

http://support.benq.com/files/Storage/Firmware/DW822A/B3JCY-2.zip

It seems that the Q-Switch tool is updated from v1.0 to v1.2.

Maybe the new tool solve some problems that such as can’t find the machine under windows 98 or can’t flash from B3IC to B3YC directly.

I had seen some case reports in Taiwan.

Hey, I just came to the fourms to post this same notice (about the firmware being released)

You forgot to mention that this firmware add’s the Dual-Layer support that everyone’s been waiting for :slight_smile:

Here is the readme text and download link from the file:

Download Link: http://support.benq.com/front/BenqMain.asp?MenuHead=128&ShowType=program&FileURL=service/driverlist.asp&Dataid=12658&downloadclass=Driver&product=3731&langu=null&ops=2756&GenMenu=&RootId=undefined

BenQ DW822A Double Layer Upgradeable Firmware

Thank you for purchasing the BenQ DW822A!

As announced previously, a firmware to upgrade the DW822A to support Double Layer writing was scheduled for release on 9/30/2004. A firmware “switch tool” download has now been made available, which allows the DW822A to switch between writing DVD+R/RW and DVD+R Double Layer, or alternatively DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW (which are as per the drives standard specification).

Due to an EPROM space limitation, the Double Layer writing codes cannot currently be fully integrated with the existing firmware’s DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW codes, and so a separate second firmware version has had to be created. The downloadable “switch tool”, by using two separate firmware versions, allows users to switch the drives writing format between either DVD+R/RW and DVD+R Double Layer, or DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW. The switch between the two writing format options can be performed as many times as desired.

A single firmware version integrating DVD+R Double Layer, DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW is still currently under development, and will be made available at a later date. Until such time as the single firmware solution is released, we hope that the currently available “switch tool” meets all your requirements and does not prove too inconvenient to use.

As always, should you have any queries or concerns please contact the BenQ support team for assistance. (DVDSupport@BenQ.com)

Quick Guide for DW822A Switch Tool

Purpose:
This tool is special designed for BenQ DVD Re-Writer DW822A to enable its double layer writing function. This tool is ONLY workable on DW822A, and Do NOT try to execute it on other models!

And here is the download link: http://support.benq.com/front/BenqMain.asp?MenuHead=128&ShowType=program&FileURL=service/driverlist.asp&Dataid=12658&downloadclass=Driver&product=3731&langu=null&ops=2756&GenMenu=&RootId=undefined

There is my first Dual Layer burn with Benq 822. Firmware is B3JCY-2.

Verbatim DataLifePlus Double Layer DVD+R 2.4x 8.5Gb, Reorder 43459.

Unique Disc Identifier : [DVD+R-DL:MKM-001-000]

Disc Type : [DVD+R DL]
Manufacturer ID : [MKM]
Manufacturer Name : [Mitsubishi Kagaku Media]
Media Type ID : [001]
Product Revision : [Not Specified]
Disc Application Code : [General Purpose]
Recording Speeds : [1x , 2.4x]
Blank Disc Capacity : [4,173,824 Sectors = 8,152.0MB = 7.96GB (8.55GB)]

DVD-Video was burned, size is 8092 Mb.

Some tests:

  1. Transfer rate, Benq himself.
  2. Transfer rate, LG 4120B.
  3. Disk Quality Test, Nero CD-Speed 3.42, Benq.




Good burn!

just a short note for the external people: Flashed an 822A+ in an external Firewire enclosure to the new firmware without any problems albeit I am still in the +R/-R mode.

Some more tests. Firmware is B3JCY-2.

DVD+R 8x CMC, Philips branded, cake 10.
Burn 8x, burn time 8:07.

Unique Disc Identifier : [DVD+R:CMC MAG-E01-000]

Disc Type : [DVD+R]
Manufacturer ID : [CMC MAG]
Manufacturer Name : [CMC Magnetics Corp.]
Media Type ID : [E01]
Product Revision : [Not Specified]
Disc Application Code : [General Purpose]
Recording Speeds : [1x , 2.4x , 4x , 6x-8x]
Blank Disc Capacity : [2,295,104 Sectors = 4,482.6MB = 4.38GB (4.70GB)]


DVD+R 8x Prodisc, eProFormance branded, cake 10.
Burn 8x, burn time 8:17.

Unique Disc Identifier : [DVD+R: PRODISC-R03-003]

Disc Type : [DVD+R]
Manufacturer ID : [PRODISC]
Manufacturer Name : [Prodisc Technology Inc.]
Media Type ID : [R03]
Product Revision : [003]
Disc Application Code : [General Purpose]
Recording Speeds : [1x , 2.4x , 4x , 6x-8x]
Blank Disc Capacity : [2,295,104 Sectors = 4,482.6MB = 4.38GB (4.70GB)]


DVD+R 4x CMC, TDK branded, cake 25.
Burn 8x, burn time 8:13.

Unique Disc Identifier : [DVD+R:CMC MAG-F01-000]

Disc Type : [DVD+R]
Manufacturer ID : [CMC MAG]
Manufacturer Name : [CMC Magnetics Corp.]
Media Type ID : [F01]
Product Revision : [Not Specified]
Disc Application Code : [General Purpose]
Recording Speeds : [1x , 2.4x , 4x]
Blank Disc Capacity : [2,295,104 Sectors = 4,482.6MB = 4.38GB (4.70GB)]


DVD+R 4x Verbatim, cake 25, made in Taiwan.
Burn 8x, burn time 10:15 (speed has decreased to 4x after 3.2 Gb).
However this is very goog burn, low PIE, low jitter (for 8x).


DVD+R 4x Prodisc, SmartBuy branded, cake 25, very cheap.
Burn 8x, burn time 8:12.

Unique Disc Identifier : [DVD+R:PRODISC-R02-000]

Disc Type : [DVD+R]
Manufacturer ID : [PRODISC]
Manufacturer Name : [Prodisc Technology Inc.]
Media Type ID : [R02]
Product Revision : [Not Specified]
Disc Application Code : [General Purpose]
Recording Speeds : [1x , 2.4x , 4x]
Blank Disc Capacity : [2,295,104 Sectors = 4,482.6MB = 4.38GB (4.70GB)]


The same Smartbuy, burn 4x, burn time 15:14.
Very low PIF, very low jitter!!!


DVD+R 4x, unbranded bulk, cheapest, crappy AML.
Burn 4x, burn time 15:10.

Unique Disc Identifier : [DVD+R:AML-001-000]

Disc Type : [DVD+R]
Manufacturer ID : [AML]
Manufacturer Name : [Unknown Manufacturer ID]
Media Type ID : [001]
Product Revision : [Not Specified]
Disc Application Code : [General Purpose]
Recording Speeds : [1x , 2.4x , 4x]
Blank Disc Capacity : [Not Supported By Method 2]

Nothing very terrible, Benq made acceptable quality.