Pioneer 112L - Did I destory it?

vbimport

#1

A couple of weeks ago I flashed my 112L to the 8.25 firmware. All seemed to go well. I burned a few CD’s and a few DVD’s. Then 2 days ago I needed to burn a CD ISO. It would get about 80% and then fail with a drive communication error. I tried 3 times with the same result. I figured it was the ISO (a Linux Distro download). I downloaded 2 more times and still I got the burn failure.

I have a second burner in my system (DVR-108) and gave it a shot. Bang, worked every time. So I tried a DVD ISO instead of a CD ISO in the 112L and it works fine every time. It just won’t burn CD’s any more.

Did flashing cause this or was it just the drives time to fail?

I will point out that this is an early 112 drive. I purchased it right after the model was released so there was no warranty to void when I flashed it.

I just ordered a new 115 drive from New Egg. What does everyone think of this drive, and is there a particular firmware version I can flash that will give me back my ripping speed and DVD-ROM bit setting for +R media?

Thanks


#2

Looks like you have one of these drives, which should/could have been returned - problems specifically with CD recording…

http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Support/Important%3A+Notice+Regarding+CD+Read+and+Write+Functionality+in+Certain+Pioneer+Computer+Drive+Models


#3

[QUOTE=FordMan;2030847]Looks like you have one of these drives, which should/could have been returned - problems specifically with CD recording…

http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Support/Important%3A+Notice+Regarding+CD+Read+and+Write+Functionality+in+Certain+Pioneer+Computer+Drive+Models[/QUOTE]

Mine is an OEM drive ordered from NewEgg. Do you think it would qualify after a Buffalo firmware flash?


#4

@ crjackson,

Suggest performing a Forum Search for postings by Forum Member Brad-Pioneer (Brad Morton/Pioneer Support/Product Specialist/Pioneer Electronics Australia) and note his comments concerning DVR-112 CD Read/Write problems and Firmware Flashing.

The Firmware crossflashing didn’t cause your DVR-112 Read/Write problem.

After reading Forum Member Brad-Pioneer comments you will see that if your Pioneer DVR-112 is less than a year you should contact Pioneer for a warranty claim.

Regards,
bjkg


#5

[QUOTE=bjkg;2030914]@ crjackson,

Suggest performing a Forum Search for postings by Forum Member Brad-Pioneer (Brad Morton/Pioneer Support/Product Specialist/Pioneer Electronics Australia) and note his comments concerning DVR-112 CD Read/Write problems and Firmware Flashing.

The Firmware crossflashing didn’t cause your DVR-112 Read/Write problem.

After reading Forum Member Brad-Pioneer comments you will see that if your Pioneer DVR-112 is less than a year you should contact Pioneer for a warranty claim.

Regards,
bjkg[/QUOTE]

That’s a trp… It’s 13 months and 1 week old. I just missed the warranty window. It’s not that big of a deal considering the prices these days.

I was just worried that I caused it by flashing the drive. Do you know if there is a Buffalo firmware for the new 115 drive that will provide me with the same feature set I had on the 112?


#6

No need. MCSE will patch any official R12.5 firmware to enable bitsetting on +R/+RW. If you want Labelflash, use DVR-A15J or DVR-S15J firmware and patch for bisetting using MCSE.

Regards,
TerminalVeloCD


#7

[QUOTE=terminalvelocd;2031094]No need. MCSE will patch any official R12.5 firmware to enable bitsetting on +R/+RW. If you want Labelflash, use DVR-A15J or DVR-S15J firmware and patch for bisetting using MCSE.

Regards,
TerminalVeloCD[/QUOTE]

Great! Thanks. I don’t care about LabelFlash. I suppose then I can also fix the RipLock speed setting with MCSE as well?

I guess this is a windows tool, so I’ll probably need to load windows. Thanks for your help.


#8

[quote=crjackson;2031107]Great! Thanks. I don’t care about LabelFlash. I suppose then I can also fix the RipLock speed setting with MCSE as well?

I guess this is a windows tool, so I’ll probably need to load windows. Thanks for your help.[/quote]

The R12.5 isn’t rip-locked, and yes.

Regards,
TerminalVeloCD


#9

[QUOTE=terminalvelocd;2031117]The R12.5 isn’t rip-locked, and yes.

Regards,
TerminalVeloCD[/QUOTE]

Thank Term…

My new 115D arrived and I installed it today. I tested a few CD burns but no DVD’s yet. I’ll try some DVD ripping this weekend. I guess I’ll have to do some reading befoe I try that mcse program. I really want bit setting and DVD-Ram writing.


#10

@ crjackson,

The DVR-115D only provides DVD-RAM Read. If you desire DVD-RAM Read and Write you will need to CrossFlash your DVR-115D to either DVR-115 (DVD-ROM Read/Write) or DVR-A15J (DVD-RAM Read/Write and LabelFlash). Using the MCSE tool will not enable DVD-RAM Read/Write. Only CrossFlashing provides DVD-RAM Read/Write.

Personally if CrossFlashing DVR-115D to obtain DVD-RAM Read/Write I would CrossFlash to DVD-A15J. The CrossFlashing procedures are exactly the same but DVR-A15J provides additional capabilities such as LabelFlash and hopefully the possibly of Quiet Drive Utility and possibly other enhancements.

Suggest taking a look a the below Forum Posting ->

http://club.cdfreaks.com/f87/pioneer-dvr-115d-crossflashed-dvr-a15-j-dvr-115l-241260/

Other notable DVR-115D CrossFlashing postings ->

http://dvrflash.rpc1.org/

http://forum.rpc1.org/viewtopic.php?t=43868

Regards,
bjkg


#11

[QUOTE=bjkg;2032303]@ crjackson,

The DVR-115D only provides DVD-RAM Read. If you desire DVD-RAM Read and Write you will need to CrossFlash your DVR-115D to either DVR-115 (DVD-ROM Read/Write) or DVR-A15J (DVD-RAM Read/Write and LabelFlash). Using the MCSE tool will not enable DVD-RAM Read/Write. Only CrossFlashing provides DVD-RAM Read/Write.

Personally if CrossFlashing DVR-115D to obtain DVD-RAM Read/Write I would CrossFlash to DVD-A15J. The CrossFlashing procedures are exactly the same but DVR-A15J provides additional capabilities such as LabelFlash and hopefully the possibly of Quiet Drive Utility and possibly other enhancements.

Suggest taking a look a the below Forum Posting ->

http://club.cdfreaks.com/f87/pioneer-dvr-115d-crossflashed-dvr-a15-j-dvr-115l-241260/

Other notable DVR-115D CrossFlashing postings ->

http://dvrflash.rpc1.org/

http://forum.rpc1.org/viewtopic.php?t=43868

Regards,
bjkg[/QUOTE]

Great info. Thanks for the help. I’ll work on it this weekend.


#12

[QUOTE=crjackson;2030861][B]Mine is an OEM drive ordered from NewEgg[/B]. Do you think it would qualify after a Buffalo firmware flash?[/QUOTE]

It is BULK, not OEM.


#13

[QUOTE=chef;2033542]It is BULK, not OEM.[/QUOTE]

What is the significance of that?

Here’s the link for the new drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827129018
Newegg says it’s an OEM just like they did my last drive. That’s why I said it’s an OEM - It was sold to me as such.

[B] Pioneer Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 10X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 20X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM
Customer Choice Award1x Winner of Customer Choice Award - CD / DVD Burners[/B]


#14

[QUOTE=crjackson;2033749]What is the significance of that?

Here’s the link for the new drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827129018
Newegg says it’s an OEM just like they did my last drive. That’s why I said it’s an OEM - It was sold to me as such.[/QUOTE]

Then they have advertised wrong.

OEM is originalmanufacturers eqipment sold in complete systems only, 3rd party.
Your drive is original Pioneer and can only be BULK or RETAIL.


#15

[QUOTE=chef;2033893]Then they have advertised wrong.

OEM is originalmanufacturers eqipment sold in complete systems only, 3rd party.
Your drive is original Pioneer and can only be BULK or RETAIL.[/QUOTE]

As usual when you buy something, you seldom get exactly what you are told. No big deal. As long as it’s a Pioneer it’s all good.