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Moved DVR-109

11/08/05

  08:25:50 am, by The Dreamer   , 529 words  
Categories: Hardware, Software

Moved DVR-109

For some possessed reason, I decided that last night (around 23:30) was the time to move my Pioneer DVR-109 from its external firewire enclosure to in my PC....rather than turning in for the night :yawn:

I thought I had two reasons for wanting to do this, though both turned out to be invalid.

The reasons against, included that the drive was beige...so it wouldn't match the black front of my PC and I didn't want to dig my computer out from the mess of attached peripherials and cables.

Well, after getting it in and going through the device updates. I decided to see if there was a newer firmware for the burner. Perhaps it'll have the ability to burn 16x on the 16x Optodisc media I had gotten off of eBay.

I always had trouble doing updates before...the Pioneer updater would claim that there was a disc inserted and refuse to update the burner. Of course, I know there is no disc inserted, etc. But, I figured that was some quirk with it being an internal drive that I mounted in an external firewire enclosure.

Well, I found an update and tried to do it. Well, it still failed with the same message. So, all the hassle of moving it internally as the master on the secondary controller of my PC didn't help.

Searching around online on how I might proceed, I came across DVRFlash 2.1. This program was able to update the burner.

I had previously done the updates by connecting the drive to the firewire port on my W2K (WiRNS/DVArchive) machine, where the updater would work.

Though it didn't seem to make any difference on its acceptance of the 16x Optodisc media. It would only allow up to 12x. Though this was an improvement from when I first got the drive, where it would only (and only) do 4x.

Which wasn't so bad since in reality the fastest I can actually burn at is about 6x to the external firewire box.

So, I was hoping that moving it internally that I could go faster. Alas, it wasn't meant to be. I peaked at about 7.8x. Not sure what I would need hardware wise to actually reach 16x.

The drive is PATA and master of my secondary IDE channel. The primary IDE channel is SATA, though it is probably using %TEMP% for caching...so that's a Seagate 120GB 2MB 7200RPM SATA drive. I am considering having it replaced with either a Seagate 400GB or 500GB drive some day, though it isn't likely to happen anytime soon.

Wonder if there's so way to get it to burn from the other harddrive, and if that would make any difference. That's a Maxtor 250GB drive with a 16MB cache.

Though given the buffer level during the burn, it is likely the bottleneck is the PATA connection to the drive. So, there's probably nothing else I can do. Unless it is a media issue still :??:

Meanwhile, there are all kinds of other upgrades that are sitting around needing to be done....including two new drives, that I should at least crack to fill out the rebate forms for. :lalala:

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