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Tuesday, August 03, 2004
LaCie d2 DL DVD±RW Recorder

14. BookType Setting / Firmware versions changes

LaCie d2 DL DVD±RW Recorder - Page 14

BookType Setting / Firmware versions changes

LaCie d2 DL drive doesn't officialy support BookType Setting for DVD+R/+RW formats. Same issues like the NEC's drives here as well. We used the latest DVDInfoPro software to change the booktype setting of the inserted media, and we got the following error:

We checked the recorded DL disc just to discover that it has DVD +R DL booktype.

However, we contacted Lacie and we were informed that LaCie will release a new firmware version in the next couple of weeks, that will have the DVD-ROM bitsetting as default, improved DL write strategies, and add support for more media. This shows that LaCie is "hearing" users' demands for DVD-ROM booktype support... Very clever approach by LaCie.

In the NEC ND-2510A review we discussed several ways to enable DL booktype change for this drive. Unfortunately, in order to enable booktype change support for LaCie 's drive, you will have to uncrew the case and use your drive as an internal NEC drive. There is no other way to flash the drive for now.

The firmware versions numbers confuses most users that do not know which firmware is the latest. For example, the 2.15 firmware version is older than 2.05 firmware version, and the same as 2.04 firmware version. In order to see which firmware is the latest, the writing strategies should be reported for every firmware. In order to help users know which firmware is the latest, we present in the following table the firmware 's writing strategies versions for NEC ND-2500A firmwares, ND-2510A firmwares, LaCie d2 firmware, TDK 880N firmware (ND-2500A) and TDK 882N firmware (ND-2510A). Only official firmware are shown below.

Drive Model
Firmware Versions
Writing Strategies Versions
NEC ND-2500A
1.05:
CD-R version
1.15
CD-RW version
1.14
DVD-R version
1.19
DVD-RW version
1.22
DVD+R version
1.22
DVD+RW version
1.23
DVD+R9 (DL) version
-
1.06:
CD-R version
1.15
CD-RW version
1.14
DVD-R version
1.23
DVD-RW version
1.23
DVD+R version
1.26
DVD+RW version
1.23
DVD+R9 (DL) version
-
1.07:
CD-R version
1.15
CD-RW version
1.14
DVD-R version
1.28f
DVD-RW version
1.26t
DVD+R version
1.30f
DVD+RW version
1.24
DVD+R9 (DL) version
-
NEC ND-2510A
2.15:
CD-R version
1.15
CD-RW version
1.14
DVD-R version
1.28f
DVD-RW version
1.26t
DVD+R version
1.31f
DVD+RW version
1.24
DVD+R9 (DL) version
1.13f
2.16:
CD-R version
1.15
CD-RW version
1.14
DVD-R version
1.34f
DVD-RW version
1.27f
DVD+R version
1.34f
DVD+RW version
1.25f
DVD+R9 (DL) version
1.15f
2.04:
CD-R version
1.15
CD-RW version
1.14
DVD-R version
1.28f
DVD-RW version
1.26t
DVD+R version
1.31f
DVD+RW version
1.24
DVD+R9 (DL) version
1.13f
2.05:
CD-R version
1.15
CD-RW version
1.14
DVD-R version
1.28f
DVD-RW version
1.26t
DVD+R version
1.31f
DVD+RW version
1.24
DVD+R9 (DL) version
1.13f
2.06:
CD-R version
1.15
CD-RW version
1.14
DVD-R version
1.34f
DVD-RW version
1.27f
DVD+R version
1.34f
DVD+RW version
1.25f
DVD+R9 (DL) version
1.15f
LaCie d2 DL
2.04:
CD-R version
1.15
CD-RW version
1.14
DVD-R version
1.28f
DVD-RW version
1.26t
DVD+R version
1.31f
DVD+RW version
1.24
DVD+R9 (DL) version
1.13f
TDK 880N
1.31:
CD-R version
1.15
CD-RW version
1.14
DVD-R version
1.24t
DVD-RW version
1.25
DVD+R version
1.26
DVD+RW version
1.23
DVD+R9 (DL) version
-
1.33:
CD-R version
1.15
CD-RW version
1.14
DVD-R version
1.28f
DVD-RW version
1.26t
DVD+R version
1.30f
DVD+RW version
1.24
DVD+R9 (DL) version
-
TDK 882N
2.35:
CD-R version
1.15
CD-RW version
1.14
DVD-R version
1.28f
DVD-RW version
1.26t
DVD+R version
1.31f
DVD+RW version
1.24
DVD+R9 (DL) version
1.13f

ND-2510A 2.15 and 2.04 firmware versions are the same. Version 2.04 is the same as 2.05, but their difference is in default booktype setting. 2.05 firmware version sets DVD+R9 (DL) booktype to DVD-ROM booktype by default. LaCie 's 2.04 firmware version is of course the same as NEC 's 2.04 version. ND-2510A firmware version 2.16 is exactly the same as version 2.16.

It seems that NEC is releasing two series of firmwares. The 2.0X series seems to be for OEM drives, and 2.1X series for all the rest.

There is a newer version for TDK 880N drive (1.34 firmware version) but we do not have any official information about this firmware until now. TDK 's firmware versions will be discussed on a future TDK drive review soon enough.

The latest firmware version is 2.06/2.16.




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