Pioneer DVR-104 Firmware for Mac OS X

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#1

Hello everyone,

I am in search for firmware for my Pioneer DVR-104 drive that is compatible with mac OS X. I have actually been able to find the firmware for this drive, but when using Las Vegas’ flash tool DVRFlashX, I recieve a message stating that I also need the Kernel Firmware for my drive. If anyone knows where I can locate this firmware, please let me know.

Also, the reason that I want to upgrade the firmware is because my drive will not read burnt Dual Layer DVDs. I am hoping that the firmware upgrade will allow me to do so. If anyone knows whether or not the upgraded firmware will allow me to read Dual Layer DVDs, please let me know.

Thank you for your help!


#2

You will not find mac specific firmware which is working good…
Crossflash to 1.40 instead. You can get the files from FLASHs site.
http://flashman.rpc1.org/


#3

Thanks for the info. Unfortunately I am not finding any firmware for my PIONEER DVR-104 on FLASHs site.


#4

One more thing… by crossflash, do you mean flashing the drive on a windows box? Also, do you have any idea whether or not this will alleviate the problem I am having with my drive not reading Dual Layer DVDs?


#5

You need to download the flash package specifically for the DVR-104 (note that the LasVegas site is no longer the current site for DVRFlash):

http://dvrflash.rpc1.org/DVRFlashX_Apple_104.zip

After you cross-flash to a genuine Pioneer DVR-104 (your drive is currently an Apple Superdrive, not a Pioneer; cross-flashing is what will convert the drive into a Pioneer), then make sure and upgrade to firmware version 1.41:

http://wwwbsc.pioneer.co.jp/cgi-bin/www1/download/file_get_e2.pl?file=DVR104_FW141.EXE

Note that, although the file above is a self-extracting .exe file for Windows, it’s also in a compressed format that can be extracted on a Mac, using The Unarchiver or Stuffit. Inside you will find the current 1.41 firmware. Use DVRFlash to flash that firmware to your drive.

Also, the reason that I want to upgrade the firmware is because my drive will not read burnt Dual Layer DVDs. I am hoping that the firmware upgrade will allow me to do so. If anyone knows whether or not the upgraded firmware will allow me to read Dual Layer DVDs, please let me know.

The DVR-104 is kind of old, and will sometimes have problems reading burned DL media. This is a confirmed problem. Firmware 1.41 may have fixed it, but I haven’t tested it.


#6

Thank you for the detailed response.

Unfortunately when I attempt to crossflash the drive I receive the following error messages…

ERROR - Unlock - Reset (Sense:05 24 00)
ERROR - Downgrade protection does not seem to exist on this drive.

Also, the revision of the drive is currently A214.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks


#7

Has anyone seen this before or have any idea what could be the issue here?


#8

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