Firmware is so confusing

vbimport

#1

Ok. I have a ND3520 here. I see that NEC has officially released the new firmware which adds -DL support. So has it been modified yet by Liggy or Dee? I have not updated the firmware yet so it still has the firmware that it shipped with. I would like firmware that will give me the -DL support and that also gives the ND3520 compatibility with more media. I have some DVD-RWs (Khypermedia) and my MD3520 has a hard time reading them. Thanks for any help.


#2

Try v1.UC or v1.UD from Liggy/Dee. Just make a DUMP of your original firmware in case you need to roll back.


#3

Does it include the new -DL compatibility? Thanks again.


#4

do you have some -R DL discs to worry about? if not…


#5

1.UA is based on standard 3.04 with -R DL support
1.UB is also based on 3.04 with -R DL support plus SL bitsetting
1.UC again based on 3.04 with -R DL support, bitsetting and DL speedups


#6

What about 1.UD?


#7

I have a Shuttle XPC. The ND3520 is my only optical drive and I don’t have a floppy drive either. Right now, my hard drive is clean and I don’t have Windows installed yet. Is there any way to flash my ND3520 with 1.UD?


#8

dee27, i think in future it would be nice if you could indicate your f/w is based on which orig f/w for easy reference. i hope it is not something ‘inappropriate’ to indicate


#9

@raygay
They always are in MINI FAQ in the first post in our firmware thread.
1.UD is also based on NEC 3.04


#10

Dee-27 I never noticed before. But how did you manage to get 7 ROM drives into 2 PC’s? Or are you using external firewire cases? :slight_smile:


#11

As an example, just take a look at OC-Freak’s PC. :eek:

( BTW, I have currently 7 optical devices on my PC… 4 IDE internal, two USB2 and one Firewire external. :wink: )

Regards, :slight_smile:

ET


#12

Impressive :slight_smile:


#13

On PC1 i have 2 maxtor hard drives on a SATA raid controller. configured as RAID 0

Nero InfoTool 3.01

Interface Information
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Adapter 1
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Description           : Primary IDE Channel

Driver
Description           : System32\DRIVERS\atapi.sys
Company               : Microsoft Corporation
Version               : 5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)
Description           : IDE/ATAPI Port Driver

Attached Devices
Description           : Master: _NEC DVD_RW ND-3500AG
Type                  : CD-Rom Drive
DMA                   : On
Autorun               : On
Description           : Slave: PLEXTOR DVDR   PX-716A
Type                  : CD-Rom Drive
DMA                   : On
Autorun               : On

Adapter 2
---------
Description           : Secondary IDE Channel

Driver
Description           : System32\DRIVERS\atapi.sys
Company               : Microsoft Corporation
Version               : 5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)
Description           : IDE/ATAPI Port Driver

Attached Devices
Description           : Master: BENQ DVD DD DW1620
Type                  : CD-Rom Drive
DMA                   : On
Autorun               : On
Description           : Slave: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4163B
Type                  : CD-Rom Drive
DMA                   : On
Autorun               : On

Adapter 3
---------
Description           : Unknown Adapter

Driver
Description           : system32\drivers\si3112r.sys
Company               : Silicon Image, Inc.
Version               : 1, 0, 0, 51
Description           : Serial ATA RAID miniport driver

Attached Devices
Description           : ID 0 (0): SiI     RAID 0 Set 0
Type                  : Disk Drive

Adapter 4
---------
Description           : Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller

Driver
Description           : system32\DRIVERS\usbehci.sys
Company               : Microsoft Corporation
Version               : 5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)
Description           : EHCI eUSB Miniport Driver

Attached Devices
Description           : LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1653S USB Device
Type                  : CD-Rom Drive
Autorun               : On
Description           : EPSON Stylus Storage USB Device
Type                  : Disk Drive

PC2
Has 2X Seagate hard drives

ND-3520 and my 2nd Benq 1620


#14

Bump…


#15

Ok since I have only one optical drive (ND3520), no floppy drive, no OS installed, is there any way to flash the firmware of my ND3520 without putting it in another PC?


#16

no OS installed ? Make a bootable DOS CD… and flash from DOS. =)


#17

Just for curiosity… why do you want to do that? :confused:

Installing first an OS, setting up the PC and finally begin to use the drive and install the firmware upgrade (maybe 1.UE at that time :wink: ) sound more logical to me… or is it an academic challenge? :bigsmile:

Regards,

ET


#18

Is that still do-able since my only optical drive is the ND3520?


#19

Well… if your Nec 3520 is functioning properly yes… however the boot CD should copy all files to a RAM Drive after booting. I think that a proper boot CD should do this. However I never ever tried to flash in this way. =)


#20

Yeah sounds dangerous now that I think about it. Well I went ahead and installed Windows. Now how do I check my firmware version without installing any utility for it (like the Nero app.)? I searched the NEC forums, but couldn’t find anything.