So I stupidly bought a BDR-S07XLB on ebay from a seller in HK thinking I was going to get a nice Made in Japan drive. In retrospect I should have known better. Anyhow, I got the drive today and it has a label on it that says it’s a BDR-S07XLB. So I plug it in my PC where it’s promptly recognized as a BDR-207M. At this point I’m a little skeptical since it showed up as a BDR-207M, but I knew I needed to check the Kernel to be sure.
So I point DVRFlash at the drive and see this:
Drive Information: Description : PIONEER BD-RW BDR-207M Firmware Rev : 1.30 Firmware Date : 12/09/05 Manufacturer : PIONEER Drive is in normal mode. Additional Drive Information: Serial Number : LCDL022196WL Interface type : SAT DVR generation : 8000 Kernel type : GENERAL Normal type : GENERAL Kernel version : 0000 Status : RPC-2 (region locked) Region : none Changes : 5 region changes remaining 4 vendor resets remaining state is 'Region not set'
General kernel, not ID 43 like a BDR-S07XLB would have. Further, the SN reported by DVRFlash doesn’t match the SN printed on the drive’s label.
It’s at this point I realize that my drive has the exact same label with the exact same serial number as several BDR-S07XLB ebay sellers’ auction pictures.
What a coincidence. They all took pictures of my exact drive for their auctions.
I sent janubkg5463 a note pointing out that they are misrepresenting the drive as a made in Japan BDR-S07XLB when it’s clearly a made in China BDR-207M with a fake label. I’m curious to see how they respond. I must admit the prospect of having to ship this back to China at my expense doesn’t really excite me.