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1640P Firmware madness - 1/8/2005 7:11:16 AM   
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Hi folks,

I'm seriously confused about my Philips 1640P bulk version.
The drive got delivered with firmware B2.2, and I did some testing with other firmware. Here are my results:

0) Firmware B2.2
Drive identified as Philips PBDV1640P VB2.2, Explorer says DVD-RW-Drive
Reading of CDs (different brands) burned 40x with a CD-Writer works fine.
Reading of DVDs (different brands) works fine.
Writing of DVDs works fine.
Writing of CDs works fine at 40x.

1) Firmware B2.5 (A big thanks to Brother Vlad from the DangerousBrothers!!)
Drive identified as Philips PBDV1640P VB2.5, Explorer says DVD-RW-Drive
Reading of CDs (different brands) burned 40x with a CD-Writer does not works properly, esp. after a CD change.
Reading of DVDs (different brands) works fine.
Writing of DVDs works fine.
Writing of CDs works fine at 20x.

Firmware P2.2 behaves as B2.2, P2.5 doesn't work at all properly (up to system hangs with self-burned CDs).

My questions are:
Is it normal and to be expected that CD-R read capability drops with firmware upgrades?
Should the P-series firmware work exactly the same way as the P-series, and would someone advice against the firmware fiddling?

I can return the drive next monday if I wish to do so and get a 1640 retail, but it'll be more expensive. Right now I have the gut feeling that I should do so.
Your opinions are highly valued!


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RE: 1640P Firmware madness - 1/8/2005 5:36:44 PM   
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I think that v3.0 is expected for the Philips drive, there is also a method to convert your Philips to BenQ DW1620

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RE: 1640P Firmware madness - 1/9/2005 11:03:17 AM   
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If changing to the BenQ firmware is the way to go, wouldn't it be sensible to buy a BenQ instead of a Philips drive? They are even cheaper here, too...

Thanks for the input!

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RE: 1640P Firmware madness - 1/9/2005 3:23:15 PM   
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I have the same burner flashed as BenQ and now it works much better. I flashed it with BenQ's firmware because I was tired of waiting new firmwares from Philips. BenQ develops and releases firmwares faster than Philips, so think about it... waiting forever and wrong burns or a very good drive :-P

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RE: 1640P Firmware madness - 1/9/2005 5:59:46 PM   
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chesko that is correct, Philips drives are BenQ!

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