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New Pioneer DVD Writer Perfect For HCPC

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by betamac, May 31, 2005.

  1. betamac

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    Just ordered one of these

    http://www.cclonline.com/products/CDR4146

    Very limited supply of these but with there brushed aluminium design they will look great in HCPC cases and anouther bonus is Quiet mode perfect for HCPC use.
     
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    Looks great :)

    blankdiskshop was out of stock when i ordered from them yesterday so CCL was the next best place should be here tomorrow :)
     
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    is the chrome button - chromed plastic that might wear off or proper metal ?

    thanks
     
  5. nwgarratt

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    It's metal.

    I also ordered a standard beige OEM 109 for use in a external enclosure and share it between computers.

    It is recommended that the new 1.50 firmware gets installed. The silver ones come with 1.40.
     
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    That is a nice looking drive, cheers for the info. Ive added it to my shopping list
    :thumbsup:
     
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    All installed :)

    Looks excellant and FINALLY peace from the DVD drive
     

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    The standard OEM 109 isn't suitable for a HCPC. I put a audio CD in it and made so much noise it was louder than the music. No doubt, the quiet mechanism of the silver one would be beneficial here.

    It is quiet with DVD's though.
     
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    so can owners vouch for the quietness of this drive? My OEM DVR-108 is very loud when it spins up and remains so when playing a DVD. Love Pioneer drives so would like to replace it with one of these non-OEM 109's but only if it really is a quiet drive.

    thanks
    slink
     
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    I have had a 109OEM and a NEC3520 DVD writer and no matter what software i tried i could never get them to not spin up really fast, tried Nero CD Speed, DVD Idle etc etc

    But been testing the Pioneer DVR-109XLC Silver all day and with the software from Pioneer website it is 100% silent even for Data disks, it does not allow the drive to spin up fast whatever disk is inserted if set to Quiet mode

    Its excellant
     
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    I cannot watch or listen to DVD's and CD's with the standard OEM 109. The disc still spins to fast that it is louder than the CD. I crossflashed the drive with the 109XLC firmware and now it is totally silent. :smashin:
     
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    I can verify the drive is quiet in both DVD and CD operation.

    My Setup:

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    Very, nice setup there. :smashin:
     
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    Cheers mate - hopefully I'll get the sound issue sorted as reported on a recent thread, but other than that I don't think I could go back to a setup without the HTPC.

    I have it connected wirelessly to my network upstairs using a 11g PCI card - as I download movies/episodes etc on my main PC upstairs, I stream them to the HTPC downstairs - I'm well happy with it so far.
     
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    I am using my 109 in an external enclosure on my PC. I also have a external hard drive which has DVD's on it. The PC is permantly connected to my projector and one click on my switchbox and the PC output goes from my monitor to my projector.
     
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    What are those four controls under the 109? If you don't mind, what is the case and how much?
     
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    Hi m8 dont you find the hard drives too noisy without an enclosure?

    I ended up getting a Silentmaxx enclosure as the idle noise from the seagate was still too much, so that meant my 2nd 5.25" bay was taken up so i whent for a 3.5" fan controller instead
     

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    nwgarratt - I spent a while trying to find a case that I liked and ended up with the Coolermaster CAV-T02 can't find it anywhere in the UK so ended up getting it from France. The four dials control the 4 60mm fans inside the PC - I can vary the speed of the fans this way.

    betamac - Noise doesn't seem to be a problem with the HDD. (Although I'll probably be listening out for it now you've mentioned it! ;) )
     
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    hi there.
    is there any chance someone can point me in the right direction for the software for this drive to put it into quiet mode as i have this drive being delivered tomorrow?
    many thanks
    paul1672
     
  20. nwgarratt

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    If you are getting the silver model, then you don't need the software. The software only turns it on and off. It is on as default.

    If you really want it, it is here.

    http://wwwbsc.pioneer.co.jp/product-e/ibs/device_e/dev00001r_e.html#utility
     
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    do you have a copy of the 109xlc firmware and flash app to use on a regular 109 for silent operation? wonder ... its is rpc1 too, or do you just use dvdidle etc?
     
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    The firmware is the offiicial A09 1.50 firmware. The program to flash is called DVDRUpdate. It allows firmware to be upgraded, downgraded and crossflashed from the OEM 109 standard to the OEM 109 Silver (uses the A09 firmware).

    It is not region free. There isn't a region free software yet. I use AnyDVD ort DVD43free to change regions.

    1.50 Firmware
    http://flashman.rpc1.org/Firmware/PIONEER/DVR-109/Enhanced_XL/DVRA09_FW150EU2.EXE

    DVDRUpdate
    http://flashman.rpc1.org/Firmware/PIONEER/DVR-109/Enhanced_XL/DVRupdate%20v0.9.zip

    Put the DVDRUpdate.exe in the same folder as the firmware files. Run the software and select the kernal and nornmal files. The right ones will be auto selected for you. Then flash away. Remember to have no anti virus, firewall and interner running. The drive will eject and the LED light will flash on and off for 30 seconds.
     

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