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NEC 3520A: Is it necessary to backup firmware before do... - 5/6/2005 7:49:01 AM   
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I recently purchased an NEC 3520A dvd drive. I have never updated firmware before whether official or hacked. I would like to update my current 1.04 firmware to the new official NEC 3.04 firmware.

Should I back up my existing 1.04 firmware (using a program such as binflash I think)? Is there any reason to do this?

I may in the future try hacked firmware as I learn more about the reasons for doing so and gain confidence that the firmware is reliable.
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RE: NEC 3520A: Is it necessary to backup firmware befor... - 5/6/2005 8:04:11 AM   
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It is always a good idea to back up your old firmware before flashing to a another.


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RE: NEC 3520A: Is it necessary to backup firmware befor... - 5/9/2005 4:23:49 AM   
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ORIGINAL: G_IvanAwfulitch
It is always a good idea to back up your old firmware before flashing to a another.


Even if you're just using the official firmware? Do people do this in actual practice?

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RE: NEC 3520A: Is it necessary to backup firmware befor... - 5/9/2005 12:22:20 PM   
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The simple answer is probably not. Most people will probably just download the latest firmware and update to that.

With that said, please backup your current firmware using Binflash. There is a repository of pretty much all the NEC firmwares at ScorpioSoft's page.

Just backup your firmware and compare the .bin file with corresponding one on his page. The checksums should match. You can use Quikee's NecDump to do the comparison.


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RE: NEC 3520A: Is it necessary to backup firmware befor... - 5/10/2005 12:08:32 PM   
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The latest firmware will enable better (hopefully) writing speed, checking the NEC sticky threads at this forum will give you ideas why should or not update the firwmare

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RE: NEC 3520A: Is it necessary to backup firmware befor... - 5/17/2005 2:39:19 PM   
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Hi,
I'm new so maybe it's a stupid question ....

Once I've used non official firmware for my NEC 3520A, will it still be possible to go back and use the offficial firmware (3.0.4) ??? some say NO some say yes ...

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RE: NEC 3520A: Is it necessary to backup firmware befor... - 5/18/2005 4:10:30 PM   
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of course you can, just use Binflash with the corresponding firmware you want

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RE: NEC 3520A: Is it necessary to backup firmware befor... - 5/19/2005 4:58:19 AM   
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Thanks ;I used it and it worked but..... I noticed that when returning to the original firmware (because the modified firmware wasn't what I expected it to be) the indication of my NEC ND 3520A was changed into NEC ND 3520AW .... do you know what that "w" means ?????

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RE: NEC 3520A: Is it necessary to backup firmware befor... - 5/25/2005 6:43:14 PM   
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yes the W its just the ID change to state a different drive that supports DVD-R DL format

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