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:
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.