Now I am wondering if I can update the firmware on the 206 to fix the same problem. The firmware in the 206 is 1.56 (really 1.05 that is misreported, a known bug). The latest firmware for the 206 is 1.06
Because of the misnumbering, 1.06 will not let me update 1.56 to 1.06
Will DVRFLASH or any other utility allow me to get around this roadblock? Has anyone found another fix for the slow read problem with the BDR-206DBK?
It is not a misreporting, your drive is an OEM one which comes with a 1.56 firmware on board. The standard Pioneer firmware updates won’t work with it.
The good news is that you should be able to crossflash your drive to a fully fledged BDR-206 model since a kernel firmware is available for the BDR-206 drives and the two drive models are identical in hardware.
All you need for crossflashing is here: http://www10.zippyshare.com/v/82276993/file.html
The package includes a copy of the DVRFlash v2.7.8b which supports BDR-206 drives and the necessary BDR-206 1.06 kernel firmware.
Put all the files in the same place and run DVRFlash from a command line using this command line format:
DVRFlash -ff X: S1030000.106 S1030001.106
where X: is your drive’s letter (replace accordingly).
Usual disclaimer … crossflash at your own risk of course …