I’ve got an Asus external BD-R drive, model BW-12D1S-U, currently running firmware E301. Crossflashing this BW-12D1S-U was previously discussed some years back in another thread (Asus BW-12D1S-U - crossflashing), but the story for my drive seems to be a little different from that thread. The drives in that previous thread were all either Pioneer BDR-206 or BDR-207 drives inside the Asus housing. After disassembling the external housing for my drive, though, I see my drive is a Pioneer BDR-208BK made in April 2013. DVRFlash gives the following information:
Drive Information: Description : ASUS BW-12D1S-U Firmware Rev : E301 Firmware Date : 13/02/25 Manufacturer : Drive is in normal mode. Additional Drive Information: Serial Number : [redacted] Interface type : SAT DVR generation : 8301 Kernel type : ID71 Normal type : ID71 Kernel version : 0000 Status : RPC-2 (region locked) Region : 1 Changes : 4 region changes remaining 4 vendor resets remaining state is 'Region set'
I have a couple questions about this rebadged BDR-208BK:
- What is the difference (if any) between the BDR-208BK I have and the BDR-208DBK? I see one obvious difference is that I can’t find a reference to a BDR-208BK existing anywhere on Pioneer’s site, and another difference is that this Asus is only advertised as a 12x BD-R writer, whereas the BDR-208DBK from Pioneer is advertised as 15x.
- Is it possible to crossflash my BDR-208BK to a BDR-208DBK? If they are indeed the same drive, there are some firmware improvements that the BDR-208DBK has received that my drive has not. Asus has not updated the firmware on this drive since it was released, and it’s still running a firmware dated 2013. However, Pioneer has updated the 208DBK in 2015 with some added media support, etc. Note that while Asus has released a firmware update for the BW-12D1S-U on their website, that update only applies to drives made after 2016 (i.e., not my drive). I think that’s because they probably switched to putting the 209 into this housing at some point after mine was manufactured – I’ve seen at least one reference online to someone disassembling this BW-12D1S-U and finding a 209 drive inside.
Edit: Fixed typo (module -> model)