Please help flashing Pioneer 108 to Piodata

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#1

I want to flash my pioneer 108 (bk) to the piodata f/w for bitsetting.

I have seached the forum, but I cannot get it.
Help Help :bow: :bow:

I have downloaded dvrflash 2.0 and this file: PioData_DVR-108DX_FW114.zip

It seems that I need to update the kernel. I do not know what the kernel is, and I cannot see a file named kernel or something.
Here are the files, I run win XP.

Can someone help me from here?

Thanks you dawn freakers;) :wink:


#2

You have to download a kernel file first. After that you can use the DVRFlash readme.txt to get info on flashing both kernel and FW.


#3

The PIODATA type kernel file was provided with the older 1.10 firmware update. You can find this update in Flashman’s archive through this link: http://forum.rpc1.org/dl_firmware.php?download_id=1948

The kernel file is the smaller file (64kb). You can use the R8150008.110 file simultaneously with R8150108.114 and DVRFlash to convert your drive to a PIODATA type with the latest 1.14 firmware


#4

I got it! :bigsmile:
But I never used any dvrflash command
I went there: http://flashman.rpc1.org/Firmware/PIONEER/DVR-108/
Then selected the Piodata directory, where there are two .exe files (DVR108DX_FW110.exe and DVR108DX_FW114.exe)
I downloaded those two files and ran them one after the other. Worked fine.

Now I know how to get there but can I go back to Pioneer OEM f/w?


#5

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#6

Although I have heard the process is reversible, I don’t know how to do it. On the first file (DVR108DX_FW110.exe) there are three files: 1) the PIODATA kernel file; 2) the 1.10 firmware file and 3) the UPGDVD.exe file for updating. Maybe you can use UPGDVD.exe with Pioneer kernel and firmware files to go back. I think it would work.


#7

Tyreksionibus. To reverse the process, you simply use a pioneer firmware and kernel with dvrflash.

You can find the regular pioneer kernel firmware in nil’s 1.14’s RPC1/ripunlocked/speedunlocked download.


#8

I have succesfully flashed my drive. The command I have used is:

DVRFlash.exe -vf kernel.110 firmware.118

During the flashing, I was only afraid of wrecking my drive when the program showed up the message: “Warning: Firmware and Drive type mismatch”. But the message was true - the firmware I was going to install was not my drive’s and DVRFlash did not know my drive and the drive from which the firmware was taken are identical :stuck_out_tongue:

So I now have a PIODATA DVR-108DX. I have not tested bitsetting yet, but I am doing it soon! I’ll report back my results.


#9

I have just written a DVD+R with my “new” drive, and I’m posting the scans. I haven’t saved the scan with the burner itself, which looks perfect - not even one slowdown. Instead, I have scanned the disk with my dirty bastard LG DVD-ROM DRD8160B. That drive is almost dead and completely refuses to read any recordable disk, regardless of the type (+R/RW or -R/RW), but has no trouble reading DVD-ROM disks. So I thought bitsetting a +R would help it. In fact it has, actually! The scan does not look perfect but you must consider that before the drive was even refusing to recognize a recordable disk!




#10

Tyreksionibus
I’m all confused! Where did you get the 1.18 f/w?

Please correct me if I’m wrong. I was thinking that to enable bitsetting to dvd-rom, owners of pioneer 108 needed to flash to piodata f/w. The lastest piodata f/w is 1.14.
Am I missing something?
Thanks


#11

Latest Piodata is 1.18 too. There’s a recent post in the forum with the link.


#12

LucyFer Try here http://www.piodata.com/downloads/


#13

This has worked for me but how do I go about changing altering the bit setting? Nero CD/DVD speed crashes on me :frowning:


#14

DVD+R SL and DL are automatically set to DVD-ROM with the firmware. There’s no need to set it manually.


#15

I converted my DVR-108 to the Piodata easily. Just used DVRFlash 2.0 and the 1.10 kernel and firmware from Piodata. Then I upgraded to v1.18 with the Piodata upgrader. Now to find some good +R media for this drive and test out the bitsetting. :slight_smile:


#16

Thanks. I have checked this exact link yesterday before I posted and it was not there. But now it’s there. Good.

Another question: if my pioneer was flashed to Piodata 1.14 , can I only use the 1.18 piodata f/w or I need to use dvrflash?

My feeling tells me yes but I ask to be sure.

Thanks :slight_smile:


#17

One of the coolest things about converting to Piodata for me was the ability to read a DVD+R (with bitsetting) at the full 8X CAV in an older laptop combo drive. Before it would read it at only 2X. So quite an improvement. :slight_smile: Great for data DVD disks.


#18

Yes, this is a ROM-only feature. If you have two disks with the same data, the recordable one (-+R) will be read slower because of a stupid protection which tries to avoid recordables from exploding. This has been demonstrated to be useless as 1) high-speed CLV does not exist (most drives start reading a disk at 4x) and 2) ROM disks are as affected as recordables. There was a Kenwood which was able to read CD-ROMs at 72x using 2 lasers, and there are many reports of disks exploding around!


#19

Actually, drives ussually read DVD recordables slower (though, the latest burners are starting to reach full speed with DVD recordables) then pressed DVDs because pressed DVDs have a higher reflectivity and are much easier to read. Burnt disks are ussually of much poorer quality, thus most manufacturers are quite pessimistic with their DVD-/+R speeds.

It has nothing to do with whether a disk will explode or not. Both pressed and recordable DVD-R’s use a polycarbonate structure that is stable at the same speeds (up to around 10000rpm)


#20

I can not seem to locate the kernal file anymore in Flashman’s site for Piodata?