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I have a Pioneer DVR-109 that I installed in my Power Mac G4 Dual 1Ghz, and I had been having some problems burning a dual-layer disk of a friend's wedding video that I recorded for them. There was so much video and photo slideshow data in the iDVD project that a dual-layer burn was the only solution. I ended up sorting out that the main problem -- I was trying to use Imation DVD+R dual-layer disks when Pioneer recommends using Verbatim DVD+R dual-layer disks. However, before reaching that conclusion I found a way of updating the Pioneer's firmware in a Mac, which is not easy -- all the firmware installers that Pioneer releases are for Windows only.

There is, however, a little program called DVRFlashX (scroll down towards the bottom of the page) which does the job. DVRFlashX is a GUI utility for Mac OS X to simplify the use of DVRFlash. This version is only compatible with Pioneer drives up to DVR-109 series and PowerPC Macs. All you have to do is:
  1. Download DVRFlashX version 2.1. Unzip it, and you will have a folder on your desktop called DVRFlashX 2.1. Inside that folder will be the DVDFlashX application, and another folder called Firmware.
  2. Download the relevant Pioneer firmware for your DVD drive model.
  3. Use Stuffit Expander to open the .EXE file, and you will find three files inside: an .exe file and two black files with funny names like RA100010.141 and RA100110.141. Put these two black files in the folder named Firmware in the DVRFlashX 2.1 folder.
  4. Double click on the DVDFlashX application, and you will be guided through the process of updating your firmware. DO NOT quit the application, or do anything else on the Mac, while it is doing the firmware update. After it's finished, you will have the latest firmware available for your Pioneer DVD-R drive.
Those people with newer drives like the DVR-110 and above will have to use the Terminal-based DVRFlash version 2.2. If you need more help, you can read the full instructions on my blog.

[robg adds: It should go without saying, but ... you're on your own if you try this and turn your drive into an expensive drink coaster!]
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How to update a Pioneer DVD drive's firmware
Authored by: mahakali on Apr 08, '07 04:42:08AM

Thanks for the tip. This worked for my DVR109. One correction:

Use Stuffit Expander to open the .EXE file, and you will find three files inside: an .exe file and two black files with funny names like RA100010.141 and RA100110.141. Put these two black files in the folder named Firmware in the DVRFlashX 2.1 folder.

You have to put all three files (including something.exe) inside "Firmware" folder. Otherwise it'd give you an error.



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How to update a Pioneer DVD drive's firmware
Authored by: methodshop on Nov 23, '07 10:47:50PM
i just ran the 104 flasher using OS X Leopard. it killed my drive.

ok. i understand that flashing firmware can go wrong. but it actually killed my entire G4... not just the stupid $90 drive.

now i just get a kernal panic when i restart. i dont even know what part i should replace. motherboard?

this sucks.

dont use software from http://lasvegas.rpc1.org/

just buy a new drive.

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How to update a Pioneer DVD drive's firmware
Authored by: cinemais on Jan 29, '09 12:13:21PM
Thanks for the note. I did successfully update an external Pioneer DVR-111D unit!

DVRFlash is now up to version 2.60 (which supports the DVR-111D drive) and its new home is at http://dvrflash.rpc1.org/.

After the successful update to firmware DVR111D_FW129EU, I used the [Windows only] utility MCSE, MediaCodeSpeedEdit tool for DVD-Writers, at http://ala42.cdfreaks.com/MCSE/ which for this drive allows patching of the above firmware for RPC1 (region free) as well as Riplock (to increase read-speed during ripping). Then reflashed the drive with this new patched firmware.

To manage the change of region settings, the utility "Region X - 1.6" is available thru VersionTracker. The handy utility "DVD Info X" which displays info and region settings for connected DVR drives is to be found via MacUpdate.

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