DVR-215D on it's way - which firmware

For all you Pioneer gurus…which flash version and links would be great for the DVR-215D

Currently only 1.18 has been officially released, but some new drives ship with 1.19. I Don’t think anyone has had any serious problems with 1.18, and the only reason you may want to do anything with it at present , is crossflash to a regular 215 (to add DVD RAM support), or add bitsetting, RPC1 support, and increase read speed using MCSE. (See the MCSE sticky at the top of this sub forum)

@ chefwong,

If you are interested in DVR-215D crossflashing options suggest reviewing the CD Freaks Pioneer DVD Burner Forms “How To: Crossflash 215D to 215” ( and “Crossflash 215D to 215L” ( threads.


This sounds like a real dumb question but are you saying if I get a Pioneer DVR 215, I don’t need to update anything on the drive and I can expect it to work well?

I usually use Maxell or or Memorex DVD+R. (I don’t know much about media. If anyone has any suggestions on blank DVDs, as long as they’re not too expensive, go ahead. I also have a BenQ DW1655 and an LG GSA-H22N.)

If your drive ships with f/w 1.19, there is nothing you can to to upgrade the f/w as there is no newer version.

If you wanted to add bitsetting, RPC1 support and increase read speed you would have to take a step back and use an older f/w.

@ coolpurplefan,

Welcome to the Forum.

Concerning your intended use of Maxwell and/or Memorex DVD+R Media. Maxwell and/or Memorex DVD+R Media in many instances has proven to be suspect problematic media. Purhaps you should consider the use of known proven quality error free Media such as Taiyo Yuden and/or Verbatim Media which has a proven track record of consistently producing quality error free results. The Pioneer DVR-215 produces excellent results with both Taiyo Yuden and/or Verbatim Media.

Concerning your ‘Need To Update Anything On The Drive’ question suggest reviewing the CD Freaks Pioneer DVD Burner Forum Read First posting thread titled “MediaCodeSpeedEdit support for Pioneer DVD-Writers” ( and posting #3 in this thread.


i like this link :slight_smile:

OK, I don’t understand what is going on. I got a Pioneer DVR-215D (yes, they still had some lol) from
Anyway, it says in Sisoft Sandra that it’s firmware 1.13. WTH?
I thought it was either 1.18 or 1.19. How can I tell if I have an incorrect firmware reading from Sisoft Sandra?

Or, if it’s really firmware 1.13, is it any good?

You can update the firmware yourself. You just have a drive with older firmware [probably meaning it wasn’t “recently” built]. It’s OK…just grab the firmware from here:

[QUOTE=Albert;2126347]You can update the firmware yourself. You just have a drive with older firmware [probably meaning it wasn’t “recently” built]. It’s OK…just grab the firmware from here:[/QUOTE]

Thanks for the link. But, I mean, how do you usually tell which firmware you’re using? How can I be sure I’m seeing the right one?

Well, run Nero CD-DVD Speed/Nero DiscSpeed [the same thing], and you can find out.

Here’s an example: From the picture posted in this link, you can see the drive being used is an ATAPI DVD A DH20A4P firmware version 9P59. If you have multiple CD/DVD drives, click in the drop-down box to show all of them, and your Pioneer will be listed as the full drive name, followed by the firmware version. Your window will not look exactly like that of the example, but you will still see the drive name and firmware version in the same spot. :slight_smile: