I have or should I say HAD a Nec ND-6650A with firmwareversion 102C
The problem I had is that it didn’t burn “Platinum DVD+R DL”
The burningproces quit with an error, after buffering but before it started burning.
I tried it with Nero V7 and ImgBurn, so it was not the software that was the problem.
First I tried upgrading the firmware, because I hoped it was a simpel mediacode thing.
But I couldn’t find any official (newer) firmware on the NEC site
So I looked in this forum and found several things and I started expirimenting.
The mayor link I followed was the one from Liggy (http://liggydee.cdfreaks.com/page/en/NEC-ND-6650A/)
I read that if I had 1.** I shouldn’t crossflash it with 2.** firmware
With Winflash I first made a backup of the original Firmware in my DVDrw
Then I tried all the 1.** firmware first flashing my DVDrw in the laptop with Winflash --> NO RESULT
Then I tried to change the Master/Slave settings of the burner.
The burner was originally set to Location 0 (0), which is the Master on the primary IDE (as I understand it correctly).
Which to me was strange, because that should be the same as the HDD, but thing is that worked
I tried setting it to Master again with the tool 6650master.exe, but I got the error: this bootcode will not work with your drive
So I tried the Slave tool 6650slave.exe and that worked, the led was flashing in the end.
I immidiatly tried to flash the firmware (as the tool states), but an error came up saying it couldn’t find the DVDrw.
So a reboot.
AND NOW THE PROBLEM STARTS !!!
I have a Dell Inspiron 8100 with the latets Biosfirmware.
When I booted the laptop the Bios came with the error that it couldn’t recognize the device in the bay (my DVDrw).
So rebooted without my DVDrw and in WinXP I inserted the DVDrw and WinXP luckely did recognize my Nec ND-6650A still
I tried again to flash the DVDrw with my backuped firmware, but winflash came with an error that it was the wrong firmware for the wrong drive.
I tried all the 1.** firmware from Liggy again, but the all came up with the same error.
Then I tried the 2.** firmware and that worked.
Jippeeeeee…but not really, because when I rebooted again, Dell still couldn’t recognize my DVDrw in the bay of my Dell 8100 anymore.
I then tried the NEC ND6650 Reverse ATA firmware, but that couldn’t find the DVDrw not (because the BIOS couldn’t find it either offcourse)
Anyway, I tried a couple of other little things, but NO RESULTS
THE SITUATION NOW:
The BIOS of my Dell 8100 doesn’t recognize the DVDrw in the bay
I am stuck with the error in WinFlas: “Proably mixing up master and slave firmware…it is not allowed to continue here. ID from drive 8c, ID from firmware: 87”
I have a completely usseles DVDrw
Is the difference between the 1.** and 2.** firmware from Liggy that one is for a Master and the other is for a Slave DVDrw ?
Is there a way to completely undo everything and return the DVDrw back to the old state with firmwareversion 102C ??
I think I found a sollution for my original problem with the “Platinum DVD+R DL”
As far as I understand it I can use a combination of the tools “DVD Identifier” and “Media Code Speed Edit” to add the Media code to Firmware.
So I think that should work with my original problem if I can solve my ptoblems which I have now
Any help is very much appriciated