NECstr v1.00 - A Small Toy for You!

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#1

Welcome to NECstr v1.00!

Released : 27 MARCH 2006
Author : CVS

Package content : 2 files

  • Readme.txt ( 1,281 bytes)
  • NECstr.exe (17,089 bytes)

1. INTRODUCTION

This little command line tool scans a NEC DVD-RW firmware and displays the version numbers of the built-in writing strategies.

It should (hopefuly) work on any NEC DVD-RW firmware starting with NEC ND-2500 and up to the latest ND-4571. It might even work with future firmwares.

It also works on NEC compatible firmwares like MAD-DOG, IODATA, etc.

You can use it on both *.bin files and *.exe files.

2. USAGE

This is a command line program. First you need to open a Command Prompt window (under Windows), then to set the path to the directory where NECstr and your NEC firmware is, and then you need to type:

NECstr firmware_file_name.bin
or
NECstr firmware_file_name.exe

Press the return key, and you’re done :slight_smile:

3. NOTES

  • This program won’t alter your firmware in any way whatsoever.

  • If you find any problems with any particular firmware, please post them here and I’ll try to sort it out as soon as I can, including adding support for upcomming NEC firmwares when/if that is the case.

  • I hope some of you might find it useful.

  • I’m very busy at the moment, but I hope to release a GUI Win32 version in a few weeks time.

  • This utility can be downloaded from here:

h**p://rapidshare.de/files/16661654/NECstr.zip

I can certify that the file posted at this location is spyware/malware/virus free.

Enjoy & may the force be with you :wink:
CVS


#2

Thanks CVS :bow: :bow:

[I]Tool can also be downloaded from my site (see signature for link).[/I]


#3

Nice tool, but on slimline drives you have to exchange the empty part with DVD-RAM.
Is there a reason that you didn’t make your link clickable? I don’t see a problem with directly linking to such a program.


#4

Thanks Liggy! I’ve just fixed it.
I haven’t made the link clickable because I didn’t wanted to break any rules … but since I have your OK, I’ll make the new version clickable :slight_smile:


#5

[B]NEW VERSION RELEASE[/B]

CHANGE LOG
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

v1.01   - Released 29 MARCH 2006
	- Fixed the DVD-RAM strategy display for laptop drives (thanks to 
	  Liggy for reporting this bug)
	- Now all 5xxx, 6xxx and 7xxx firmwares should work, without giving
          the "*** ERROR: The input file is not a NEC firmware! ***" message
	- Added support for HP and TDK clones 
	- Stop displaying the "EMPTY" field
	- Improved the strategy detection rutines to work with all existing 
	  firmwares to date; they should be also fairly future proof now :)
	- Tested the program extensively with over 40 firmwares, so hopefully 
          this version should be pretty bug free :)

[B][U]Download NECstr v1.01[/U][/B]

Enjoy!


#6

Nice - the versions match liggy and dee’s table, but your date 1 and date 2 seem to be reversed from theirs…


#7

Nice tool, CVS! Congratulations!

We’ve been waiting for this ever since Quikee ceased development of his NecFirm tool.

Does it also recalculate the firmware checksum with a hidden command, like Quikee’s tool does? :wink:


#8

It’s just which one you take as first and which one as second. There’s even a third value in the firmwares, but I think it has always been identical to one of the others.


#9

No hidden things I’m afraid :doh:

It only does “what it says on the tin” :bigsmile: Just a strategy scanner, nothing more …

I have no plan to go as far as Quekee has gone … most of that stuff is well covered by MCSE thanks to ala42 and unfortunately I’m very short of spare time …

I’ll maintain it as necessary since that is an easy task, and I’ll build a GUI for it when I’ve got some spare time, but at least for the time being I don’t plan to add in any novel features … too many things to learn and too little time :frowning:


#10

@CVS,

I tried your tool on the NEC 1300 firmwares I have and all I got was the two dates without the write strategy versions. I used the executables but this should be no problem. Could you have a look at this and maby ad support for the older 1000 and 1100 firmwares too.

Looking forward to your Win32 version :bow:


#11

Kind’a late, but nevertheless warm congratulations [I][B]cvs[/B][/I]. :clap:

Good move and nice to see more people getting deeper knowledge about NEC firmwares… :slight_smile: