I, too, purchased a Phillips 985 several years ago, and it never worked properly. The “help” line only managed to delay me long enough for the warranty to expire. I recently purchased a Liteon 5005–for a fraction of the 985’s cost. The first thing I did when I set it up was to upgrade the firmware. That machine didn’t work, so I returned it for an exchange. I decided not to upgrade the firmware on the replacement, and it (so far) does everything it’s supposed to. No coasters yet.
So, before I put the old 985 out on the curb, I thought I’d try to go back to an earlier firmware. I’d been updating in the past, and things seemed to get worse. Currently, it acts like it’s recording, but says “no data” afterwards. That, and everything else it can do except perform. So I figure, what the heck, try an old firmware.
So here’s my problem: I’ve downloaded an older version from the dvdplurrw.org site and unzipped it. The instructions say:
"Create upgrade CD–
- In this ZIP-archive, you will find two files: a disc image file with a .BIN extension, and a so-called cue-sheet with a .CUE extension.
- Write the disc image to a CD-R or CD-RW using an appropriate CD writing application, preferably one that can interpret cue-sheets, such as Ahead Nero Burning Rom (http://www.ahead.de). If the writing tool does not support cue-sheets, make sure to write the disc using these settings: 1 track, mode 2 sectors (2352 bytes per sector)."
I’m lost. They say to write the disc image (the .bin) to the CD. They don’t say to put the cue-sheet (.cue) file on the cd. Do I just burn a disc with the Bin file as an ISO? What about the cue sheet? Just for diversion, I burned an image file of the cue sheet file, and it ended up 14,287kb. From a 1kb original file? What the…?
Anyway, can anyone tell me how to creat a retro-firmware disk? I just thought I’d install old firmware and see if I can get this thing running as well, and poorly, as it did at the beginning (Though I really suspect a bad laser, board, or whatever.) Then I’ll kiss it goodbye.
Shavers to plasmas, I shall never purchase another Phillips product .