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Monday, February 18, 2002
Pioneer DVD-104S DVD ROM

2. Installation

Pioneer DVD-104S IDE DVD ROM - Page 2

Package
We boughted the OEM version of Pioneer 10x DVD Rom (DVD-104S), which included nothing more than the drive itself:

Installation:
Status Before Region Free Firmware...I installed Pioneer DVD-104s into my PC. Since it is an IDE device I decided to make it slave on Secondary Bus (after Quantum 6.4 HD). So I changed drive settings to slave and after PC booted up it intentified as Pioneer DVD-104S 10x DVD Rom 0118 into both DOS and Windows. In Windows unchecked Auto Insert notification, checked DMA and reboot. The drive was November 1999 model with v1.18 firmware. After I booted in Win2k from drive properties I could set Region and change it only 5 times. I also used Drive Info v1.02 for testing the region status:

Status After Region Free Fimware!!I connected to the Internet and found that a new firmware update was available. I d/l the update and flashed the drive with the newest v1.23. After more search I found that some guy made a region free firmware v1.23 for Pioneer DVD-104S!. I didn't waste any more time, d/l it and flashed it. After this flash drive was intentified as Pioneer DVD-104F 10x DVD Rom 0123 into DOS. Notice the DVD-104F<< letter. Drive was now region free!. However take notice when using that firmware. Read the instructions VERY carefully! ;)) You can also re-flash drive with future firmware updates from Pioneer (however region free will be lost until new region free firmware comes out.)

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