I’ve been thinking for a moment and I’ve decided that I’ve done firmware flashes before with my good old LiteOn 48125S and everything went fine, so I’m going to give your “Liggy And Dee’s ND-3500 firmware V2 Beta 6” a try.
I get specific custom burning strategies, rip lock disabled plus region free… sounds good! and should not hurt my drive.
I’m not going to test the fw at the link you gave me because I need DL+R bitsetting and that seems to not include it:
patched NEC 2.18 firmware including bitsetting support for single layer DVD+R and DVD+RW
My main need is authoring DVD+R9 movies -weddings mainly- made by myself using Adobe Premiere and TMPGEnc DVD Author, then created ISO to burn in DVD Decrypter. Having booktype to DVD-ROM, of course.
Do you think there’s any problem with this version for what I need ?
And a last question: There’s no problem flashing from 2.16 or should I flash to 2.18 before, then LD version?
Q: How do i use DL +R bitsetting?
A: Run the supplied Binflash application. Click on the BOOKTYPE button and then the DL +R tab, change this to booktype DVD-ROM then click on APPLY. This setting is stored and does not need to be run again, unless you wish to change the booktype back to DL +R
A few people have reported a problem with BOOKTYPE (DVD-ROM ) while burning a DVD+R9 (DL) disc with 2.18 firmware.
You are advised to switch on BOOKTYPE DVD-ROM in your burning software before burning a DL disc then switch it back off for SL +R discs.
Is there any way I can check the booktype of a disc after it’s been burnt? To check if everything went fine.
Your B4 (yes, I know - B6 is out) of hacked 3500 FW still shows media type as +R, book type as DVD-ROM. Nero, DVD Decrypter, DVDInfoPro et al all report or show the +R discs as +R (with only a mention of DVD-ROM in “last physical recorded” info window on say, DVD Decrypter). Is this normal, as I saw many different Nero CD-DVD Speed graphs showing DVD-ROM where mine shows DVD+R.
The troubling thing is, on my old NEC 2500 all the same software as mentioned (DVD Decrypter, CD-DVD Info, et al) on +R reports it as DVD-ROM. My Pioneer -R only drive can read these; but on the 3500 it won’t (because it’s +R media, and reflected as such in those programs even tho the 2500 reflected DVD-ROM).
Ok let’s see: I flashed to Liggy And Dee’s V2 Beta 6, flash went ok. Then I uninstalled DVD Decrypter and installed the latest version. Checked twice bitsetting was DVD-ROM on both binflash and dvd decrypter for DL+R.
I burned the disc at 2.4x and now I got a disc that works perfect on the nec3500 with powerDVD but it doesn’t on two different home dvd players, a phillips home cinema and a cheap divx one. On these two you can see without problems first layer, but if you wait until layer change or go trough direct chapter selection to one of the latest, placed at the second layer, the lens gets crazy and the player locks itself. Just unplugging from electricity will solve this.
what I’m doing wrong? Is this the right procedure? I can’t test a lot of times, each DL+R media is 9â‚¬…
I’ve never played with DL’s before (yes, indeed, the price…) but to me it seems you’ve done things right. The strange thing is, cheap DVD players aren’t very picky, they play just everything you put in it, including -R and +R discs without bitsetting. And the same goes for Philips players. So your disc should have played anyway, regardless of bitsetting!
Maybe there’s something wrong with your media, not all DL media are supported by unpatched NEC firmwares… Could you dump the MID of your DL media, using DVDIdentifier (mentioned and linked earlier in this thread) and post it here? Maybe some firmwaremodder can clear things up.
Glad to hear I’ve done things right. I was starting to suspect I forgot something very basic but very important…
BTW, at this time I’ve tested on 4 home dvds more and none worked.
I’ll be posting the MID of my media at lunch time, when I fire up my other computer after class. But I would say I checked the list of the DVD media they included on the modded fw and mine (verbatim MKM +R DL 2.4x certified) was there, because I see the ability to burn at 4x in DVD decrypter, as that list announced.
I have a last good idea: almost every people reporting successful DL burns used it to backup already existing DVD movies or data (XBOX and PS2) from what I have read here and on other forums. So, supossing they used DVD decrypter as that being the easiest and most reliable software to do backups, they were burning DL media using an .ISO and a .MDS files as source.
BUT that’s not what I’m doing, because I’m creating my own DL discs from my own video, using TMPGEnc DVD Author. At the last step of DVD Author, I choose to create an ISO image. So I get an ISO file. Only. No .MDS at all. Then I burn that .ISO with DVD Decrypter. That’s is the only difference I can find between those reporting success and me.
So: what’s the information being stored on a .MDS file? it’s about layer break maybe?
Exactly the idea that came into my mind when reading the summary of sforza.
Regarding the .ISO and .MDS formats: AFAIK .ISO is limited to a certain filesize (I guess 4GB) and therefore unsuitable for DL mastering. The .MDS is an extension of the .ISO fileformat and its main purpose is to get rid of the filesize limit. At least, that’s what I’ve heard about it… If I’m wrong, somebody please correct me!
I don’t know if you’re right or not, but I can say I’ve created DL DVDs using just an alone .ISO file of 8gb from TMPEG DVD Author (no .MDS as I said) and it works. Only on computers, I must say, but it works.