Crossflashing from DRU-810A

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#1

I know this topic has been covered before, and I did some reading of the other threads but I didn’t find any of the specific info I was looking for.

I’ve got a Sony DRU-810A (not 810A-R) so that would be crossflashable to a BenQ DW1640 if I’m not mistaken.

What I’m wondering is, if my Sony seems to be working fine as a Sony, what advantages and disadvantages are there to crossflashing to BenQ? Is there anything I’m missing out on if I stay with the Sony firmware? Is there anything I’d be leaving behind by flashing to BenQ? Is there ever a situation where it would have been better to not crossflash or a situation where I would need to crossflash back?

If any of these answers are usage-dependent, I must say I burn mostly movie backups on MKM001 DVD+R DL, and music backups on TY CD-R. Occasional data archival is done on YUDEN000T02 but the other two tasks are more important. Bitsetting required for movie backups.

Basically I’m trying to weigh the pros & cons to decide whether this is something I’d want to do – preferably based on opinions and experience from people with my specific Sony model. You’ve all been very helpful with my other questions and I thank you for those, and I thank you in advance for the advice on this topic.


#2

Hi :slight_smile:
Advantages are SolidBurn OverSpeed Bitsetting etc.
The [B]link for xflashing:[/B]
Download QSuite manual (link in my sig)& read that 1st.


#3

I bought a dru-810a-R and crossflashed it immedietly to a 1650 and love it. I would say definatly to crossflash it to a benq. You wont be sorry.


#4

So are there no disadvantages whatsoever?


#5

no disadvantages only gains, have done the same many many times dru-810a-R to BENQ 1650


#6

Well then… 810A to 1640 is it! :slight_smile:

Thanks for all the help everyone.

One more question though: what firmware should I use? Can I just grab the latest DW1640 from the BenQ site?


#7

no no

dru-810a-R to BENQ 1650

dru-810a R or dru- 810a (I have seen it both ways) to BENQ 1640

if you flash the wrong way your drive is useless!


#8

Mine is definitely a DRU-810A (no R or -R). What I mean is can I get any old 1640 firmware or does it need to be a certain 1640 firmware to crossflash?


#9

you can use any, most here like BSLB


#10

I read somewhere that the DW1640 is a good scanner. Is this true? I’m planning on getting a second burner to add to my collection, so I was wondering after I crossflash this drive, should I be looking for something that’s a good scanner (like a Liteon) or should I be looking for something that’s a solid burner (like LG)?

Basically what I’m asking is: have I already got the scanning side of things decently covered with a DW1640? Keep in mind, I don’t need the most accurate results in the world. I just need something to be able to tell whether particular discs are starting to degrade and catch them in advance before they degrade beyond the point of salvaging data.


#11

Phewf!

Okay, so I did it. I crossflashed it with BSLB. It seems to be working ok so far. I burned a CD and plays fine. Didn’t burn a DVD yet. Only weird thing is if there’s a disc in the drive, the light stays on. Is this normal?


#12

yes and the 1640 is a great scanner no need for anything else :disagree:


#13

Perfect! I really appreciate your comments. You’ve sort of been the one carrying this thread. Also, many kudos to zebadee for the wonderful guide on flashing.

Any recommendations spring to mind as a good second drive, that would nicely compliment the 1640. Obviously I won’t need one for scanning. I’m probably looking for one with highest quality burns on Verbatim +R DL media. LG GSA-H22N perhaps?? Keep in mind though, anything without bitsetting would be useless to me. And actually, if there’s such thing as a DVD burner that is also very good (fast) at ripping audio CDs, that would be a definite plus as well since I do a ton of music backups.