Boy, do I have a strange one…
I was given a Sony DW-Q30A a few weeks ago. I used Sony’s flasher and upgraded the firmware to YYS7.
All is fine, burns seem to be working okay. However, I want to change the booktype so my DVD+R discs show as DVD-ROMs. No problem, right? I try the booktype setter in DVD Decrypter. It says it changed the book type, and confirms it when queried. However, when I burn a disc, the disk type remains as it “should” be, i.e. DVD+R DL. So I start searching the net for ways to enable the bitsetting properly. I find one indication that Sony and Lite-On use different bitsetting codes, and wonder if that is the problem. I try ImgBurn, and same results.
Okay, I say to myself, perhaps I need to cross-flash it as a Lite-On 1535S. I download the latest factory firmware, and go to use Omnipatcher to get everything set up. But Omnipatcher gives me error messages saying it can’t find the media type list, and therefore it doesn’t allow me to set any patches. Drat. Well, some people have done okay just running the Lite-On flasher, although I’ll still have to work out bitsetting. Okay. Flash I do.
Well, the EEPROM still reads as a Sony, and Windows only marginally recognizes the drive. Much of my DVD software can’t even see the drive. I start freaking. The Sony flasher won’t see the drive either. I run FlashFix on the Sony flasher, and it uses a version of XFlash that’s too new for FlashFix. I freak out some more. Then I find and d/l an older version of the Sony firmware (YYS3), and that flashes okay with FlashFix. I then flash back to YYS7. All is well again.
When I had the drive flashed with Lite-On firmware, I saw max read and write speeds quite a bit higher than what the Sony firmware tells me.
So, questions… First, what on earth was I doing wrong? Is there EEPROM that goes with the firmware when cross-flashing from Sony to Lite-On? Is there special firmware for this? And what was the deal with Omnipatcher? Why wouldn’t it work, using firmware downloaded from Codefreaks and the latest version of Op?
Second, why isn’t bitsetting working for me? I really want to set booktype in the drive itself, so my burner software doesn’t matter. I have stuff I like, and it would bug me to spend money on Nero after getting comfy with the software I have.
Any advice would be appreciated, as well as tech background. I think that the latest Lite-On firmware for the 1635S is better than the Sony firmware, from what I have seen and heard. How do I deal with the non-matching EEPROM data? I have no qualms with cross-flashing as long as it doesn’t kill the drive or make a lot of coasters.
Any advice and assistance is gratefully received. I’m more of a microcontroller/flue injection guy, although I’ve flashed firmware on a lot of hardware over the years (including EFI boxen!) I’m not stupid or technically inept, I’m just under-educated on optical drives.