Pioneer BDR-212UBK/2212/212DBK

Can’t confirm that for the Pioneer 212, 2x was better than 4x, and 4x was better than 6x with CMCMAGBA5.

These writers are a bit different :wink:

Verbatim labled 6x BD-R (next BD out of yet another new labled 50pack #43838)
CMCMAGBA5
212E/M (1.00), manufactured December 2019 in China
burned at 4x (CLV)

Not even close to the result the 206D could deliver @ 6x, still a good result for CMC.
Gonna be interesting if this new 50 pack will have smaller a quality range than the previous two
50 packs I got.

Verbatim labled 6x BD-R (next BD out of yet another new labled 50pack #43838)
CMCMAGBA5
212E/M (1.01), manufactured December 2019 in China
burned at 4x (CLV)

No improvement of the write quality with the new firmware 1.01. :frowning:

I guess there´s no changelog of the new FW.

It’s available on the Pioneer firmware site:
https://pioneer.jp/device_e/product-e/ibs/device_e/dev00002r_e.html#BDR-212EBK

Support New BD-R TL media(4x Writing : RiTEK)
Improvement of the operational stability when BD-R SL 14x speed recording.
Improvement of the operational stability when recording CD, DVD, BD.

I am having trouble updating a US version of the BDR-212UBK from firmware version 1.00 to 1.01. I get the error message “Available target is not found.” in a pop-up window, and the following error message in a DOS-style command line program window:

/// ODD Firmware Update Utility Ver2.59B

oem ID56

Available target is not found.

I tried changing the drivers on my motherboard from Intel’s driver to the standard Microsoft driver. I have disconnected a “Plextor” PX-891SAF-Plus to ensure that the BDR-212UBK is the only drive seen. I eventually pulled the BDR-212UBK from my computer and replaced it with a BDR-211UBK from an old failed computer that I am getting ready to recycle, which I then tried to flash from version 1.52 to 1.53 which succeeded, proving that I can perform a firmware update on my current computer.

Has anyone gotten the same issue with being unable to flash a BDR-212UBK from version 1.00 to 1.01?

Can you run DVRTool and check the info there? My 212M looks like this:

Drive Information:

Model Name : PIONEER BD-RW   BDR-212M

Firmware Rev : 1.01
Extra Info : 20/07/21
Serial Number : XXXXXXXXXXXX
Buffer Size : 4000 kiB

Additional Drive Information:

Label Code : ----

Hardware Rev : SAT 8F00
Kernel Type : ID56
Firmware Type : ID56
Kernel Version : 0000

Drive is in normal mode.

Firmware flashing support : NO
Firmware dumping support : NO

Here is the info from DVRTool:

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DVRTool v1.02

Firmware flashing utility for Pioneer DVR/BDR drives
by Blackened2687

build date: Jan  1 2016 / 17:04:11

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Device: \\.\E:

Drive Information:

    Model Name : PIONEER BD-RW   BDR-212U
  Firmware Rev : 1.00
    Extra Info :  19/01/10           
 Serial Number : SGDL000312WL
   Buffer Size : 4000 kiB

Additional Drive Information:

    Label Code : ----
  Hardware Rev : SAT 8F01
   Kernel Type : ID58    
 Firmware Type : ID58    
Kernel Version : 0000

Drive is in normal mode.

Firmware flashing support : NO
Firmware dumping support  : NO

Drive Capabilities:

 CD-ROM   : R       BD-ROM      : R  
 CD-R     : R/W     BD-R        : R/W
 CD-RW    : R/W     BD-R XL     : R/W
 DVD-ROM  : R       BD-RE       : R/W
 DVD-R    : R/W     BD-RE XL    : R/W
 DVD-R DL : R/W     HD DVD-ROM  : -  
 DVD-RW   : R/W     HD DVD-R    : -  
 DVD+R    : R/W     HD DVD-R DL : -  
 DVD+R DL : R/W     HD DVD-RW   : -  
 DVD+RW   : R/W     LabelFlash  : NO 
 DVD-RAM  : R/W     LightScribe : NO 

Drive Region Settings:

    RPC Scheme : RPC-2
Current Region : 0
  Changes Left : 5 (available to user)
   Resets Left : 4 (available only to vendor)
  Region State : Region is not set

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I omitted the output related to a non-Pioneer drive installed in my system.

Seems the firmware file looks for a 212M drive with kernel ID56 (without UHD support), yours is a 212U drive with kernel ID58 (with UHD support).
Maybe you should try the other firmware file available for the drives with UHD support (S12UHT). If that doesn’t work either, you should contact Pioneer support.

I thought of trying the other 212 and S12 series firmware files before your post, and none of them worked. I have since replaced my USA version BDR-212UBK with the BDR-211UBK salvaged from a failed computer mentioned in an above post. The BDR-211UBK reads as a BDR-211M in the Windows Task Manager.

Verbatim labled 6x BD-R (next BD out of yet another new labled 50pack #43838)
CMCMAGBA5
212E/M (1.01), manufactured December 2019 in China
burned at 6x (P-CAV)

Either the CMC quality range strikes again or 6x is nothing for the 212 even with the new firmware. :frowning: