Last night I made my first attempt at burning a double layer DVD with my NEC ND-3500A burner. Used Verbatim DVD+R DL that I was able to get during that Best Buy sale a couple of weeks ago. I did an ISO Read followed by ISO Write with the latest version of DVDD at its default settings. Everything seemed to go fine. Right up until I put the disc in my set top player and it cheerfully reported NO DISC.
Went back to the PC and when I checked the disc, I noticed that it was not booktyped as DVD-ROM. I am using Liggy’s bitsetting version of the original NEC 2.18 firmware that I downloaded from http://liggydee.cdfreaks.com/page/3500/. I had thought that all 3500 firmware bitset +R DL media to DVD-ROM by default so I hadn’t even looked at that before I did the burn. Afterwards when I saw that the burned disc was still booktype DVD+R DL, I checked my firmware with binflash.
The Win32 version of binflash reports:
C:\UTILS\binflash>necflash -querybt F: Binflash - NEC version - (C) by Herrie and Liggy Visit http://binflash.cdfreaks.com - http://www.herrie.org Currently no disc is inserted Permanent booktype for DVD+R is DVD-ROM Permanent booktype for DVD+RW is DVD+RW Permanent booktype for DVD+R-DL is DVD-ROM You have 499 changes left to change the permanent booktype settings
I had thought that this meant that no manual manipulation of booktype would be required and that all burns would be booktype DVD-ROM.
The Win32 GUI reports:
I’m not used to using the GUI version so I’m not exactly certain what it means. But since DVD-ROM says “active” for all +R media, it seems to imply that all +R media should be set to DVD-ROM when burned.
I searched the forum and found this post that implies that there is a problem with 2.18. However, I couldn’t find the original source of the quoted information.
Is there a known problem with firmware 2.18 and bitsetting? While I was able to get the DL media at what I felt was a very good price ($1.99 each), I’m not keen on burning another till I get this figured out. My set top DVD player plays +R SL media booktyped as DVD-ROM very well. I am hoping that the reason the player (a Philips 727) wouldn’t recognize the disc was because it wasn’t set as DVD-ROM, and that once I get over this hump, I’ll be good to go.
Have any of you had this same problem with firmware 2.18? Is the fix as simple as changing to 2.1A? I don’t want to have to remember to manually set the booktype in DVDD every time I burn. My memory is such that I know that I would forget. As the guy says on the infomercials, I’d like to be able to “set it and forget it.”
Any help you all could provide would be greatly appreciated. TIA