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PostPosted: Sat Oct 07, 2006 12:51 pm    Post subject: HowTo: Flash BTC DVD-Writer (Emprex) Reply with quote

Vendor: DVDRW Model: IDE1004 Rev: 0151

In my case I have a quite rare hardware setup (concerning firewire, gentoo, mac) and I didn't think it would be possible to flash that drive (the old FW has problems with some cdr brands).

..until I found an italian howto. That even worked over firewire.


  • First get yourself the newest dvd+rw-tools, 7.0 in my case. I'm wondering why the gentoo ebuild doesn't has the btcflash sources.

  • Unpack and do
    Code:
    make +btcflash
    I'm wondering why the gentoo ebuild of dvd+rw-tools doesn't have the btcflash sources.

  • Get the .HEX firmware (without the surrounding Windows .exe flasher as it is provided officially) HERE inside the DOS firmware packages, in my case in BTC1004IM_V0251-HEX.rar

  • Do the flashing providing device link (/dev/hdc for example) and the firmware file:
    Code:
    dvd+rw-tools-7.0 # ./btcflash /dev/firewire/dvd ../V251.HEX
    BTC DVD+/-RW firmware flash utility 2004/04/29
    USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!

    Loaded firmware from ../V251.HEX
    Firmware checksum is 406E
    Drive is currently:     [DVDRW   ][IDE1004         ][0151]
    Firmware appears to be: [DVDRW   ][IDE1004         ][0251]

    Type "YES" to proceed with flash: YES

    Uploading firmware...
    Flashing drive...
    Drive is now:           [DVDRW   ][IDE1004         ][0251]

    Please reboot before using the drive.


[Added:] Actually for my 1004 the 1008 FW does a good job, performs better with most brands. I haven't tested if it can double layer now.
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