BenQ f/w: seriously confused--help!

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#1

I’ve got a new 1620 on order, and arrival is probably mid next week. I dutifully went to the BenQ U.S. download site to download f/w, in anticipation of needing it for my new drive. The version that I found for my OEM drive was “G7K9” w/a release date of 9-30-04.

But on another thread, I keep seeing references to f/w w/revisions like “V9” and “U9”. I am assuming these are more recent releases than the “K9” I found? Can anyone explain to me wtf is going on here? What am I missing? Why do I not find the more recent drivers some of you are mentioning?

Here’s the link to the BenQ page where I found the K9 version:

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EDIT: Remembering that this is a very international forum, I went back to the BenQ site, and tried looking at firmwares meant for other English-speaking countries (U.K., Australia, etc.) and am now finding those newer f/w’s, tho mostly the “B” version. What’s going on here? Why doesn’t the BenQ U.S. site have these newer versions?


#2

Basically the “G” firmwares for the OEM drives take longer to be released for some reason or another. I just received a OEM BENQ 1620 from Newegg.com with firmware B7U9 for a computer that I am building for someone. So the drive you are receiving won’t necessarily be with firmware starting with “G”. I’ve found that rebadged drives from I/O MAGIC come with “G” firmware.


#3

I read somewhere else on this forum that BenQ is abandoning the “G” f/w on OEMs, and just doing the “B” all across the line–I don’t know if this is true, do you?

Glad to hear the 1620 you just got had the U9 f/w–mine should arrive mid-week, so hopefully I’ll get the higher f/w revision also. All I found on the BenQ U.S. site was version K9, for both B and G, from last September! :rolleyes: That is seriously being behind. BenQ Australia is more up to date, at least on the B series.


#4

You must be looking in the wrong place. Here is the link I use to get to B firmwares, it has everything from H9 to V9:
http://support.benq.com/front/BenqMain.asp?MenuHead=128&ShowType=program&FileURL=service/driverlist.asp&Dataid=16041&downloadclass=Driver&product=3731&langu=null&ops=null&GenMenu=&RootId=undefined


#5

I just received an OEM 1620 from NewEgg today. F/W is B7S9. What are the differences between a 1620 & a 1620 Pro? Can a 1620 be upgraded to Pro with F/W?


#6

A forum search would have given you the answer earthling but anyway the 1620 & 1620 Pro are the same drive from firmware B7P9 or later is a 1620 Pro.

The Pro was added as a means of marketing the new features BenQ introduced with the B7P9 firmware for the 1620.

The latest official firmware is B7V9.


#7

Thanks for that, even though this was not for me, it gave me some new information. I did not know that the Pro was just the ‘new’ 1620, I thought there was some difference (only via firmware) and basically the OEM unit was the vanilla 1620. I got myself a 1620 Pro today, so far happy with the unit, should compliment my DVR-109 nicely.


#8

That’s much better! What I originally did (to get to the BenQ site that has the outdated f/w) was to go to “benq.com”, which then askede me for my country. I clicked on “United States”. On the following page, I clicked on “Service & Support | Drivers”. It then took me to a page where I selected my product, which finally landed me here:

Outdated BenQ link

I like your link much better. :smiley:

I also notice that, on your link, they now have the 1620/1620 Pro f/w as being the same for both models.

I also seem to recall reading somewhere else on this forum that the newest “V9” release was having some problems–is this true?


#9

So to clarify, there is no more “G” f/w?


#10

1620 and 1620 Pro are identical hardware-wise, so the only distinguishing characteristic of the Pro drive is that it contains P9 or later firmware (we’ll disregard the text on the stickers as a superficial feature).

V9 is okay but once in a while it limits the speed of -R media (drops a 12-16x burn to 8x) for no reason that could be discerned in a quality scan of the disc when it’s done. I burn -R in another drive, so it doesn’t bother me. You might want to stick with T9 if you plan to burn high-speed -R media.


#11

It appears that nobody interested in or capable of flashing the drive wants G firmware that has fallen behind. If you are getting a bulk drive with G firmware, you should crossflash it to B by using .CVT firmware.


#12

I pretty much burn +R media solely, so I guess the -R issue won’t matter to me.


#13

DVD_ADDICT further up the post mentioned just receiving a 1620 OEM from the egg, and mine is due (also from Newegg) mid-week. He said they had the “B7U9” f/w on theirs, so I’ve got my fingers crossed that mine will too.


#14

8T8: Thank you.

Agent009: Thanks for the response and clarification.


#15

Just received my OEM 1620 today from Newegg. Fw version is “B7U9”. I got “branded”! :bigsmile:


#16

Congrats! Don’t forget to post some scans here, and hopefully your :bigsmile: doesn’t change to :frowning: like your experience with the other drive.