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OPTIARC DVD RW AD-7170A issues with reading DL DVDs

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Jun 12, 2012 2:45 AM

Hi,

 

I just wanted to let you know, that after unsuccsesful lens cleanings I did the fw flash.

I have a MacPro3.1 on 10.5.8 OSX. I used the http://liggydee.cdfreaks.com/page/en/Optiarc-AD-7170A/ 102cbt_rpc1.bin bin file for flashing the drive. And flashed it with the http://binflash.cdfreaks.com/ Binflash utility within the terminal.

Here are the results:

 

BEFORE FLASH

 

OPTIARC DVD RW AD-7170A:

 

  Firmware Revision:    1.NC

  Interconnect:    ATAPI

  Burn Support:    Yes (Apple Shipping Drive)

  Cache:    2048 KB

  Reads DVD:    Yes

  CD-Write:    -R, -RW

  DVD-Write:    -R, -R DL, -RW, +R, +R DL, +RW

  Write Strategies:    CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO

  Media:

  Type:    DVD+R DL

  ID:    MKM 003

  Blank:    No

  Erasable:    No

  Overwritable:    No

  Appendable:    Yes

  Write Speeds:    2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x

 

AFTER FLASH

 

Optiarc DVD RW AD-7170A:

 

  Firmware Revision:    1.02

  Interconnect:    ATAPI

  Burn Support:    Yes (Generic Drive Support)

  Profile Path:    None

  Cache:    2048 KB

  Reads DVD:    Yes

  CD-Write:    -R, -RW

  DVD-Write:    -R, -R DL, -RAM, -RW, +R, +R DL, +RW

  Write Strategies:    CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO

  Media:

  Type:    DVD+R DL

  ID:    MKM 003

  Blank:    No

  Erasable:    No

  Overwritable:    No

  Appendable:    No

 

Now everything works! Shame on the Apple, that users have to solve Apple's problems on their own...

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Lars Hansen Calculating status...

    I've been trying with the above mentioned tools to no avail. I keep getting a 'command not found' reply in terminal. I've double clicked on the Binflash utility and it listed the commands in terminal

     

    Last login: Wed Nov  7 11:17:26 on ttys001

    macpro-5:~ #########$ /Users/########/Downloads/necflash ; exit;

    Binflash - NEC version - (C) by Liggy and Herrie

    Visit http://binflash.cdfreaks.com

     

     

    Usage:

    necflash {-scan} [-v]

    necflash {-dump} [-v] [-s] {filename} {device}

    necflash {-flash} [-v] [-s] {filename} {device}

    necflash {-identify} [-s] {device} {Filename}

    necflash {-querybt} {device}

    necflash {-setbt} {Mediatype} {Booktype} {Temp|Perm} {device}

    necflash {-setbtrw} {Booktype} {Device}

    necflash {-clearbt} {device}

    necflash {-queryrpc} {device}

    necflash {-resetrpc} {device} {Vendor|Global}

    necflash {-version}

     

     

    -scan     - Scan for supported devices

    -dump     - Dump firmware and write to file

    -flash    - Flash firmware and write to file

    -identify - Identify unknown drives

    -querybt  - Query booktype information

    -setbt    - Change booktype settings

    -setbtrw  - Change booktype on current DVD+RW disc

    -clearbt  - Clear booktype settings and counter

    -queryrpc - Query region status

    -resetrpc - Reset region counter on RPC2 drives

    -version  - Display version information

     

     

    -v     - Verbose mode

    -s     - Skip disclaimer

     

     

    logout

     

     

    [Process completed]

     

     

    and said logout. I logged out and in again and tried the commands with the below results.

     

    macpro-5:~ ####### necflash {-scan} [-v]

    -bash: necflash: command not found

     

     

    What am I doing wrong?

     

    Cheers

    Lars

     

    MacPro 3,1

    OPTIARC DVD RW AD-7170A:

     

      Firmware Revision:          1.NC

      Interconnect:          ATAPI

      Burn Support:          Yes (Apple Shipping Drive)

      Cache:          2048 KB

      Reads DVD:          Yes

      CD-Write:          -R, -RW

      DVD-Write:          -R, -R DL, -RW, +R, +R DL, +RW

      Write Strategies:          CD-TAO, CD-SAO, CD-Raw, DVD-DAO

      Media:          To show the available burn speeds, insert a disc and choose File > Refresh Information

  • MarioCarta Calculating status...

    Can't belive it worked! Thank you so much!

     

    I've been struggling on this for months, if not years!

  • MarioCarta Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Lars, read carefully these instructions and remember that I'm not responsible to any damage that you could do to your computer by doing this:

     

    1. Copy necflash to the /usr/bin folder (to reach there Finder > SHFT+CMD+G and enter the name of the folder);
    2. Download and unzip the 102c image: http://liggydee.cdfreaks.com/disclaimer/en/7170a/102c.7z.html in any folder (I suggest you to use your home folder, it's where Terminal starts);
    3. From this folder, open a terminal window;
    4. Scan to know the device's reference: necflash -scan (in my case was A:);
    5. Backup the original FW in case of something goes wrong: necflash -dump OldFirmware.bin a: (the a: is the reference to the device that you'd got when running -scan it will take some minutes, wait for it until the prompt line appears again);
    6. Finally, flash the new FW: necflash -flash 102cbt_rpc1.bin a: (again, the a: is the reference to the device that you'd got when running -scan);
    7. Accept the terms (I think it's twice) entering y [enter] then y [enter] again;
    8. Wait until the prompt again (don't do anything while waiting).

     

    If anything goes wrong, flash again with the your backed up FW: necflash -flash OldFirmware.bin a:


    Good luck!

  • Lars Hansen Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    Mario, thank you! Your directions were clear and staightforward. It was like you were holding my hand. You're the bomb   Cheers

  • MarioCarta Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks and you're welcome!

     

    There is one side effect that I noticed until now: I can see the driver light thru the holes of the front grill, but I can live with that as long this means that I don't have to spend cash buying another optical drive.

     

    Hope everything went fine! Cheers!

  • Sean Beresford Calculating status...

    Mario, I am trying to do the update mentioned above but am not very computer savvy when it comes to using Terminal. Your directions are very straightforward but I'm afraid I donn't know "exactly" what to type in Terminal and all I get is "command not found" when I type necflash -scan at the prompt.

     

    Can you do a very simple walkthrough for me?

     

    Thanks

     

    Sean

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