I bought a dell which came with a 3100ad NEC DL burner but it doesnt support -R. I have a lot of -R and -RW left from my previous computer’s drive TDK 840g (rebadged plextor). I tried using binflash and the tdk 2c8 firmware and the drive is listed as 3500 now but it still can’t burn -R in any program. So is it possible yet to make the 3100 to a 3500.
According to NEC’s offical media list for the ND-3100/3500, the ND-3100 should be able to write DVD-R media.
I think something other than the firmware is causing your problem.
Which type of DVD-R are you trying to write, can you supply a MID code for the media?
The NEC ND-3100 is a DVD+R only drive (read more here). And yes, the ND-3100A can be crossflashed to a ND-3500A. TDB’s newest firmwares (e.g. the 2.C8 firmware; you can get it here (“2.C8 Windows” file) work with the ND-3100A as well.
my ND-3100 does not burn -Rs either and i’m using fuiji 8x dvd-rs
Yes, that’s expected, as written above. Flash your drive with ND-3500 firmware which can be used with the ND-3100 as well (e.g. the TDB firmware mentioned above), and you will have a NEC ND-3500A, which will burn DVD-R discs very well.
I’ve flashed it to nd-3500a using that f/w and it still doesn’t burn dvd-r. I’m using nero.
I tried burning on G04 riteks and a Samsung DVD-RW. I am using the TDK 2c8 firmware. Has anyone successfully crossflashed it to 3500 and tested it? Mine says its 3500 with the f/w under device manager.
To add more, I tried flashing with the latest dos bin.
Since the drive was only meant to burn +r disc as shown on the NEC web site. My guess is that you would have to change electronic components as well as the firmware to get it to burn -r disc.
This is weird, since someone else reported that he successfully crossflashed a ND-3100A to ND-3500A (read this thread). Have you tried flashing the drive in real DOS (e.g. using a bootdisk), using binflash and the .bin version of the 2.C8 firmware?
well I posted on that thread for a clearer answer. Although jason_godly said he flashed it to 3500a which probably was just recognized as that but he stated no proof of it burning -R. That happened to me with every fw which makes my drive read as 3500a but will not cooperate burning or erasing -R or -RW respectively. Where can you get the non windows 2.c8 fw?
You can get the .bin version of the 2.C8 SE firmware here (“2C8_SE_Ritek_4X_DL.rar file”, needs to be unpacked first; not sure if this version is prepared for crossflashing though). I don’t know if TDB or ScorpioSoft can host the TDB 2.C8 version as .bin, but I could dump it and mail it to you if necessary.
I’m wondering if DVD-R support is a few bytes written to NV-RAM (present in the 3500 but not the 3100) i’m pretty sure both the drives hardware is the same.
I seem to recall some 3500 owners not being able to use DVD-R, and reflashing made no difference in most cases. I wonder if those users drives have corrupted NV-RAM.
From what I can see in the firmware (comparing the usual and TDB’s patched version), a few Bytes from whatever memory are read and checked if they equal some values. Unfortunately I was not able to locate these values in my firmware and I don’t know what memory adresses are queried either.
I thought it’s a memory location where “K310” is used for 3100 drives and “K350” for 3500 drives (similar for 2500/2100 or 1300/1100). I should be able to change this value, but from what I saw that’s not the value they check
FWIW, I have the same issues trying to use DVD-R media on the 3100 crossflashed to the 3500.
I can burn DVD-R’s but only at 2.4x. I just tried using the C.8 f/w. I’ve tried seemingly every other 3500 f/w around as well. I can still only burn at a max of 2.4x.
Any success with flashing via DOS? I’ve never tried that. Is there a guide handy as to how to do it? Or is it basically throw it on a floppy and reboot?
There are quite a few guides around including the readme file which comes with the TDB f/w’s but I like the simple and concise way Pinto2 describes HERE.
Tried 2.f9 Dos Mad dog fw in the link silversurfer provided. No luck. Used the RPC1 bin. There is so many 3100@3500 fw’s but I hardly see any success. Where are you people? Is it because the dell NEC 3100 are different?
I haven’t seen any success. I’ve tried seemingly every 3500 fw around.
Successfully flashing from DOS shouldn’t be any different than successfully flashing from Windows.
What software/firmware/media combo are you using to get the DVD-R’s to burn at 2.4x? I can’t even get that to work.