Which is the latest firmware for benq 1620? B7S9 or B7P9?

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#1

I got a I/O MAGIC rebadged BENQ 1620 with firmware B7C9. I’d like to know which firmware is the latest or best to use. Is it B7S9 that I found at the unoffical benq firmware site or the B7P9 which is on the offical BENQ site? I’d like some feedback and advice before I flash the drive. Thanks in advance! :slight_smile:


PLEXTOR 708A DVDRW
PIONEER 107D DVDRW
LITEON 811 DVDRW
BENQ 1620 DVDRW
TOSHIBA (2)1612 DVD-ROM
PLEXTOR 48X24X48 CDRW
PENT 4 HT 3.00C, 800 FSB, PENT 4 2.40 533 FSB
ASUS MOBO’s P4P800SE (2)
1GB CRUCIAL PC3200 MEMORY, 1GB CRUCIAL PC2700
WESTERN DIGITAL 36GB RAPTOR HARD DRIVE
MAXTOR 200 GB HARD DRIVE
MAXTOR (2)250 GB HARD DRIVEs
MAXTOR 200 GB SATA HARD DRIVE
MAXTOR (2)120 GB HARD DRIVEs
MAXTOR 60 GB HARD DRIVE
ANTEC TRUE POWER430 WATT
ANTEC SLK2650 CASE, ANTEC SLK2600AMB CASE
CANOPUS ADVC-100 ANALOG TO DIGITAL CONVERTER
MAXTOR ATA -133 PCI CONTROLLER CARD


#2

My media likes B7P9 better than B7S9 that’s why I stay with P9. I use TY T01/02, Ricoh R01/02, MCC03/04 and some -Rs. You can try both.

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That’s why you’re rarely come to plextor forum anymore… been busy with your new benq huh… :smiley:
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#3

I’m same as zevia…i use about the same media as he does. You can flash back from BSP9 to B7P9 if you want. It will say it’s older f/w but just click ok.


#4

For my media (8X Prodisc R03 and 8X Ritek R03 both burned at 12X) I found that B7S9 was the (slightly) better choice. In particular, it cleaned up a minor bit of avalanching found near the end of the burns.


#5

Thanks for all the replies. :slight_smile: The information is greatly appreciated. I did flash my drive to the B7P9 firmware. I’ve used so far MAXELL DVD+R 4x discs burned @ 8x & SONY DVD+R 8x discs burned @ 16x. I haven’t done any scans yet with NERO CD/DVD SPEED. I was amazed that the SONY 16X burned disc played back fine on my picky RCA dvd player. I’ll have to remove one of my hard drive enclosures from my pc so the BENQ drive can go into that bay. Currently my BENQ is sticking out about 2 inches from the bay in my case. The reason for that is my power supply cord that is attached to my motherboard blocks that particular bay in my case. I can’t securely fit anything in that bay. I was too anxious to test out the BENQ. :bigsmile:

To zevia I know you’ve been hanging out here in the BENQ/PHILIPS forum. I was just stalking you! :wink: :bigsmile: :wink:


PLEXTOR 708A DVDRW
PIONEER 107D DVDRW
LITEON 811 DVDRW
BENQ 1620 DVDRW
TOSHIBA (2)1612 DVD-ROM
PLEXTOR 48X24X48 CDRW
PENT 4 HT 3.00C, 800 FSB, PENT 4 2.40 533 FSB
ASUS MOBO’s P4P800SE (2)
1GB CRUCIAL PC3200 MEMORY, 1GB CRUCIAL PC2700
WESTERN DIGITAL 36GB RAPTOR HARD DRIVE
MAXTOR 200 GB HARD DRIVE
MAXTOR (2)250 GB HARD DRIVEs
MAXTOR 200 GB SATA HARD DRIVE
MAXTOR (2)120 GB HARD DRIVEs
MAXTOR 60 GB HARD DRIVE
ANTEC TRUE POWER430 WATT
ANTEC SLK2650 CASE, ANTEC SLK2600AMB CASE
CANOPUS ADVC-100 ANALOG TO DIGITAL CONVERTER
MAXTOR ATA -133 PCI CONTROLLER CARD


#6

same here! i love my new drive! but im still keeping my plex for benchmarking disks! ill post some scans l8ter on dvd-r disks!


#7

Is the general consenses that B7P9 burns Richojpn r01 (4x discs) better? I was a little concerned by clicking on the supported media list on the unofficial firmware page that this wasn’t listed (until I noticed NO 4x discs are listed). What, is 4x so old now it’s not even listed in supported media lists? :rolleyes:

I’ve only got about 95 blank discs of Ridata Richojpn r01’s left… :stuck_out_tongue:

Had been using a Sony DRU-510, but bought the OEM 1620 from Newegg and flashed to retail, so welcome me to the fold! :cool:


#8

where can I donwload the firmware? I just got my 1620 but have been having some problems. Firstly it seems that the burning speed is unable to reach more than X11. I have been using StorTecc PM-525C2-EPB Black Smart Backup Combo USB 2.0/Firewire 1394 (http://www.dealsonic.com/stpmblsmbaco2.html) with it. Then I have couldn’t or don’t know where to measure POF PIF etc with my Nero CD-DVD Speed. Finally the power supply connection for my external enclosure seems to have some problem, as it lose power when moved even slightly.


#9

Seanxxxz > If your using the 1620 in an enclosure i would try 47L9 and make it a EW1621 > http://dvdpro.club.st/firmware/BENQ_FW.htm


#10

Sean, a few ppl here that have the DW1620 drive in an enclosure with the Prolific chipset are using the 47L9 firmware. This one is specifically made for the EW162I (ext. DVD-RW drive – same as DW1620). They have gotten up to 16x on both notebook & desktop computers.

Here is a link to the .cvt file for the above firmware: http://dvdpro.club.st/firmware/BenQ/EW162I/47L9.cvt.rar

You will also need to use WinDWFlash in order to flash the DW1620 drive (using the USB2 connection w/ NO disc inside the drive). here is that util. tool: http://dvdpro.club.st/firmware/BenQ/WinDWFlash.rar

Also take a look at dishinit’s thread (http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=117914&page=1&pp=25) to get more information on the 47L9 + DW1620 combo.

Btw, I’m also getting the exact same enclosure you just got & I hope I won’t have the same problems… the last one you listed about the power not being connected after moving it around some.


#11

In Nero CD Speed look under “Extra” menu, “Disc Quality Test”

If my power was fluctuating like you describe, in my external case, I would 1st unplug it, open it up & look for loose 110 wire connect. If I could not find anything obvious, I would RMA case as defective.


#12

thanks a lot, guys.


#13

[QUOTE=dishinit]In Nero CD Speed look under “Extra” menu, “Disc Quality Test”

Thanks again guys, I realized I have an older version 2.XX of CD Speed, and now I got the 3.XX.