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RE: NEC 3500A Review added - 9/26/2004 12:18:11 AM   
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Hi all thanks for all the help again, I just bought my 1st DVD burner! NEC 3500AG (C$105 + 14.5% or US$94). It came as v2.16 so I promptly flashed it to v2.08.

Getting it to work via 1394 was a bitch tho . Did dozens of power on/off & plug/unplug 1394 cable. XP only detected the device about 10% of the time.

If anyone is in the same boat, the fix is to flash the Oxford 911 chipset firmware to Jul03 v3.8, and also must apply some tweaks. I bought the 2 enclosures last week but they came with Jan03 v3.7 firmware. I also applied an XP 1394 patch which I think made it worse. My 1394 HD Tach avg read dropped from 32MB/s to 28MB/s. BTW USB2 measured 26.5MB/s for these enclosures.

Paid C$60 + 14.5% or US$54 for 50 TYG02 at NCIX. Hope these are real. I also have some old Maxell MXL RG02 lying around. Once I figure out how to burn DVDs I'll know how the 3500 performs via an enclosure.


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RE: NEC 3500A Review added - 9/26/2004 4:36:30 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: sulfur

Hi all thanks for all the help again, I just bought my 1st DVD burner! NEC 3500AG (C$105 + 14.5% or US$94). It came as v2.16 so I promptly flashed it to v2.08.

Getting it to work via 1394 was a bitch tho . Did dozens of power on/off & plug/unplug 1394 cable. XP only detected the device about 10% of the time.

If anyone is in the same boat, the fix is to flash the Oxford 911 chipset firmware to Jul03 v3.8, and also must apply some tweaks. I bought the 2 enclosures last week but they came with Jan03 v3.7 firmware. I also applied an XP 1394 patch which I think made it worse. My 1394 HD Tach avg read dropped from 32MB/s to 28MB/s. BTW USB2 measured 26.5MB/s for these enclosures.

Paid C$60 + 14.5% or US$54 for 50 TYG02 at NCIX. Hope these are real. I also have some old Maxell MXL RG02 lying around. Once I figure out how to burn DVDs I'll know how the 3500 performs via an enclosure.


I can personally guarentee that the Taiyo Yuden 8x DVD±Rs at NCIX.com are 100% real Taiyo Yuden products

I'm sure you'll find them to your liking!


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RE: NEC 3500A Review added - 9/26/2004 10:12:41 AM   
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I have a question on the Review. When you reviewed Pioneer 108 you guys put "Doesn't support DVD-ROM booktype for DVD+R/+RW formats" in bad and made no note about firmware, but in NEC review you said in the Like to Be Fixed part "Official firmware release to support booktype setting for +R/+RW media"

so you saying NEC will add the support and Pioneer wont?

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RE: NEC 3500A Review added - 9/26/2004 10:36:42 AM   
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Nice work & kudos to the team

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RE: NEC 3500A Review added - 9/26/2004 1:54:53 PM   
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Thx Dolphin. I actually got the TY there based on your msg on another thread.

I went to their Broadway store & when I asked the sales guy if their TYs are real he said he had no idea & said he just got the -R (no 8x +R in stock) from some supplier. Also said those are on sale & is no return or exchange. Made it sound like a fly by night con job...lol...

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RE: NEC 3500A Review added - 9/27/2004 2:17:26 AM   
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I believe this is mentioned this way because NEC supported booktype with unofficial firmwares while Pioneer not.

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RE: NEC 3500A Review added - 9/27/2004 3:30:59 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: lexor

I have a question on the Review. When you reviewed Pioneer 108 you guys put "Doesn't support DVD-ROM booktype for DVD+R/+RW formats" in bad and made no note about firmware, but in NEC review you said in the Like to Be Fixed part "Official firmware release to support booktype setting for +R/+RW media"

so you saying NEC will add the support and Pioneer wont?


pioneer was never fond of +R format, so it is more likely that we will never see an official tool/firmware to support bitsetting for SL media. NEC will probably release one first


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RE: NEC 3500A Review added - 9/27/2004 6:38:10 AM   
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Thanks for point out the error ItalianJob

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RE: NEC 3500A Review added - 9/27/2004 8:45:39 AM   
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[...]
We tested all the following drives:
NEC 2510A 2.15
NEC 2510A 2.16
NEC 3500A 2.07 (probably the same as upcoming 2.17)
[...]


Hi,

I read the review from CDRInfo and I didn't understand NEC's firmware numbering... why is 2.07 a more recent version than 2.16? Does it have to do with it not being a final version?

Oh, and by the way, where can I download official firmware for the 3500AG drive? I tried to find anything on their website, but unfortunately I wasn't able to find it.


< Message edited by nfh -- 9/27/2004 8:57:11 AM >

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RE: NEC 3500A Review added - 9/27/2004 9:08:30 AM   
ItalianJob


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quote:

ORIGINAL: eleajar

quote:

ORIGINAL: lexor

I have a question on the Review. When you reviewed Pioneer 108 you guys put "Doesn't support DVD-ROM booktype for DVD+R/+RW formats" in bad and made no note about firmware, but in NEC review you said in the Like to Be Fixed part "Official firmware release to support booktype setting for +R/+RW media"

so you saying NEC will add the support and Pioneer wont?


pioneer was never fond of +R format, so it is more likely that we will never see an official tool/firmware to support bitsetting for SL media. NEC will probably release one first


Pioneer x08 have no Single Layer bitsetting.
NEC 3500 have SL bitsetting only with a clone firmware (Mad Dog drive or TDK = NEC 3500 rebadged).

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RE: NEC 3500A Review added - 9/27/2004 9:43:24 AM   
ItalianJob


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quote:

ORIGINAL: nfh

quote:

ORIGINAL: kogos
[...]
We tested all the following drives:
NEC 2510A 2.15
NEC 2510A 2.16
NEC 3500A 2.07 (probably the same as upcoming 2.17)
[...]


Hi,

I read the review from CDRInfo and I didn't understand NEC's firmware numbering... why is 2.07 a more recent version than 2.16? Does it have to do with it not being a final version?

Oh, and by the way, where can I download official firmware for the 3500AG drive? I tried to find anything on their website, but unfortunately I wasn't able to find it.


It was already discussed several time : 2.xy where x = manufacturer/rebadger (1=NEC, F=MadDog...) and y = version

PS : there is no official upgrade for the 3500 @ NEC site at the moment.
http://www.de.nec.de/softwareoverview2.php/id/557


< Message edited by ItalianJob -- 9/27/2004 9:44:48 AM >

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RE: NEC 3500A Review added - 9/27/2004 9:50:55 AM   
ItalianJob


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ORIGINAL: emperor

Thanks for point out the error ItalianJob


You're welcome, but I didn't... pierrearonnax did it first...

Emperor, here in France we say "Il faut rendre à César, ce qui appartient à César"... (which means "You must give back to Caesar, what belongs to him" -- or something like that...)


< Message edited by ItalianJob -- 9/27/2004 11:15:46 AM >

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RE: NEC 3500A Review added - 9/27/2004 10:55:48 AM   
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offtopic, sorry but: in Germany we say "Ehre, wem Ehre gebührt!", which means the same. can anybody please tell us, what this means in Croatian? Or Russian?

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RE: NEC 3500A Review added - 9/27/2004 12:16:26 PM   
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Hi, what is the URL for official NEC firmware? Do they only come out of Germany?

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RE: NEC 3500A Review added - 9/27/2004 12:38:05 PM   
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the official fw is coming from my country, because, nec offers no support for the states, cause they're only selling oem-drives there! but you can use this fw without compunctions!

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