NEC ND-2100A DVD Writer

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NEC ND-2100A


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$150 8.9/10
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1 BestMedia Platinum 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
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3 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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1 KHypermedia 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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1 Memorex 4xDVD+RW (CMC MAG.W02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Comments posted by ofbarea from Costa Rica, June 04, 2006. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





hi guys, i used to have a dell dimension 2400 with a dvd+rw and a cd drive. i now have an eMachines T2984. my eMachines had a dvd drive and a cd+rw but i swapped the eMachines dvd drive for the dvd+rw that was in my dell. I tried burning some movies but it didn't work, then i tried to write a downloaded version of gta:san andreas without using any software (just as a data disc) but no matter what i do my dvd burner says that there is no disc in it. i discovered that my dvd+rw was an NEC ND-2100AD which led me to your forum after the flash utility that i downloaded from the NEC website failed to run for more than 2 seconds before it said "Target NEC ND-2100AD is not found correctly". I'm not too farmiliar with firware updates so i was wondering if you could help me out with how to make all the discs and run in MS-DOS or whatever i need to do to fix my dvd burner. please help!


Comments posted by Arcangel from United States, February 07, 2006. Rated this writer No rating.





This burner has been great but really wanted to be able to burn -Rs. I just upgraded to the new flash. Everything seems to be working fine except my old version of Easy CD creator will not recognize the drive now. Nero will and ITunes also worked burning to DVD-R.


Comments posted by DC from Canada, December 30, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





I did the Dang Bro 2500 upgrade but now some of the disk I was using doesn't seem to work in my DVD player. And to make things worse, my 2100 backup.bin is corrupt. Anyone have a copy?

Pretty much anything +R I threw at it before would work in my DVD player but not now.

Ah well, live and learn.


Comments posted by Haygood from United States, June 03, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.





This is in response to the person who had difficulty in burning at 8X: TURN ON DMA!!! I had the same problem, and my 8x disks were taking up to 24 minutes to burn. After I enabled DMA, my 8x disks took only 10 minutes to burn. Huge difference!

Instructions:

1) Go to Control Panel
2) Double click on System
3) Go to the Hardware tab and click on Device Manager
4) On the window that pops up, expand the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers icon
5) You will see Primary and Secondary Channel icons. Double click either of them
6) In the properties window that pops up, go to the Advance Settings tab
7) Look for where it says transfer mode. Select "DMA if available"
8) The computer will then restart.
9) Repeat the previous steps for the Secondary Channel if you didn't already

The next time you burn a dvd, you will def. notice a difference.


Comments posted by sctele from United States, February 26, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I thought I would post this for those who have an SATA drive in their Dell 8300 and are planning to flash the Nec 2100AD. The Nero 6 information tool gives incorrect information regarding the IDE channels. It listed my CDRW burner as primary master, the Nec as primary slave and my hard drive as secondary master. I tried to flash the Nec and nothing happened. I then did an IDE analysis from the boot menu on the Dell (F12 at startup) and it showed my hard drive on primary SATA channel as master, my CDRW as secondary master on IDE and the Nec as secondary slave on IDE. The primary IDE channels were empty. Using this information, I was able to flash the NEC to a 2510 with no problems.


Comments posted by Sharp from United States, January 01, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Have had no problem when using the 2500 flash.
Have now upgraded to the 2510 (supports Dual Layer) and so far, so good.
I assume, though, no matter what firmware you still can't make a 2100 burn at 8X even with 8x media ?


Comments posted by JustAGuy from United States, November 18, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





The firmware listed below will work for both the NEC 2100A and the NEC 2100AD.

Site for firmware update instructions:

http://forum.rpc1.org/viewtopic.php?p=124443#124443


Comments posted by sctele from United States, August 31, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I actually have the NEC ND-2100AD...but I've flashed it to the 2500A firmware (thanks Dangerous Brothers!). Now it can burn dvd+/-, instead of just dvd+. Instructions:

Steps to do Before You Flash


1. Hook the drive up as Primary Slave, Secondary Master, or Secondary Slave. Remove another device if you have to. Some of these flash tools might not work on Primary Master drives. This is to limit the risk of accidentally messing with a Hard drive since most people ahve a hard drive as Primary Master. You can determine the drive's IDE location using Nero InfoTool's Configuration tab (http://www.cdspeed2000.com/).
2. Create a boot disk or a boot CD (disk #1). Or download one from NIL's PioneerDVD Page: http://pioneerdvd.firmware-flash.com/index.html#BOOTISO
3. Create a disk (disk #2) containing the flasher only : http://forum.rpc1.org/dl_file.php?site=tdb1&file=NEC2X00A.ZIP
4. Create a disk (disk #3) containing the flasher that you downloaded in step 3 and the firmware (disk #2): http://forum.rpc1.org/dl_file.php?site=tdb1&file=21002500.ZIP

You should now have 3 disks.

Flashing the drive:
1) Insert the boot disk (disk #1)and restart the computer
2) Select option 2 ("Start Computer With CD...")
3) When you see the A:/ prompt, take out the boot disk and put in the disk with the flasher only (disk #2)
4) Backup the drives current firmware using this command: "nec2x00a_-pri/-sec_-mas/-sla_-out_backup.bin"
Note: I have used underscores where you should use spaces.
5) When this is finished, take out disk #2, and put in disk #3.
6) Flash the drive to the new firmware using this command:
"nec2x00a_-pri/-sec_-mas/-sla_-flash_21002500.bin"
7) Restart the computer, and enjoy your new dual format drive!
8) If you have problems, just reflash the drive with the backup.bin that you saved in step #4

NOTES:
Make sure you find out the location of your drive (you can use Nero InfoTool for this, located at: http://www.cdspeed2000.com/).

Definitions:
-pri/-sec should only be either "-pri" or "-sec" depending on the location of the NEC drive to be flashed:
"-pri" - Primary Channel
"-sec'"- Secondary Channel
-mas/-sla should only be either "-mas" or "-sla" depending on the location of the NEC drive to be flashed:
"-mas" - Master Device on channel
"-sec" - Slave Device on channel

Example Commands
To Backup the firmware from an NEC ND-2100A(D) drive that is connected as Secondary Slave, use this command:
"nec2x00a -sec -sla -out backup.bin"

To Flash the firmware of an NEC ND-2100A(D) drive that is connected as Secondary Master to the 2100->2500 firmware
"nec2x00a -sec -mas -flash 21002500.BIN"


Comments posted by warshrike from United States, August 31, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Hi Dears,
I am using this drive with full satisfaction on my Dell Optiplex GX-270 machine.
Is it possible to write DVD in Long Play or Extended Long Play mode with this write or any other desktop dvd writer.
I will be glad to hear a +ve answer.


Comments posted by Champak from Saudi Arabia, August 30, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Best way to upgrade the drive in the DELL 8300 is to use the ResourceCD that comes with the computer. There's no need to go to the trouble of making a boot disc. Copy the flash files to a rewritable CD. Swap that with the Dell ResourceCD. Boot from that CD (use F12).
Start up a DOS session. It will create a Ram Disk C:
Copy the flash files to the Ram Disk from the rewritable. (Otherwise you're trying to flash from a disc in the drive itself!) Execute the program. Done.
Reboot.


Comments posted by Tom from Australia, August 29, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





I have also cracked this drive with The Dangeous Brothers firmware 2100@2500 crack. In response to a question below: my hard drive wasn't recognised in DOS so I ran the flashing programme from floppy disk, and it worked fine. You can still do a backup on floppy but must boot to DOS/run the flashing programme twice, because the BIN files are about 1mb each (and of course a floppy is 1.44mb).

What I am stuck on though, is that does anyone know if I run the 2100@2500 crack for ND-2510A firmware from the Dangerous Brothers, will my drive (originally ND-2100AD but now ND-2500A) be able to burn dual layer/DVD-9's??


Comments posted by singhy from United States, August 16, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I have a Dell Dimension 8300 with this drive fitted(2100AD) and patched the firmware, compliments of The Dangerous Bros @ http://tdb.rpc1.org/#ND2100A using the 103D RPC1 firmware, as I was not fussed with burning -R/-RW discs the other 2100-2500 firmware offered.
I created the DOS Bootdisk using Nero 6.3.1.10's BOOT CD option.
I use Win DVD Platinum 5 with all options installed and defeat the software regions with SlySoft's AnyDVD 3.8.1.3
Hope this helps someone out there.
Cheers


Comments posted by Seb from United Kingdom, June 17, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.







Comments posted by tomás from Chile, May 03, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





How did you flash the drive? on a DELL 8300. I have no Flex Disk drive and the C drive is NFTS so a CD with DOS can not access this (DOS only supports FAT).

Also, how did you find out if the DVD was on the prim/sec IDE and if it was master or slave ?


Comments posted by Kees from Netherlands, April 24, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





I did the flash thing (2100 --> 2500) and it worked like a charm. That plus Pinnacle InstantWrite made my DVD-RW disk act like a regular hard drive, using the NEC 2100AD (now looking like a 2500A). Thanks to Vlad and all, the Dangerous Brothers, for providing this useful firmware update.


Comments posted by Sarge Gerbode from United States, April 22, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





To sporto, which Flash software do you like? I tried mtkflash but it failed to initialize the IDE port.


Comments posted by Bruce from United States, April 15, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Also, I've been using Memorex DVD-R 4x media without problem.

To Bruce - the firmware is what upgrades the drive removes the lock and changes it to a +- all at once.


Comments posted by sporto from United States, April 11, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Got this writer with Dell Dimension 8300. Flashed firmware with "The Dangerous Brothers" firmware to make it into a +/- writer. Now it's a '2500A'

Have tried low buget DVD-r, works like a charm.



Comments posted by Mille from Sweden, April 09, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





To Alan who posted on March 26: Just received my Dell XPS with the ND-2100AD (I believe that D just represents color). I was interested in the changes you made and how that's working for you? Did the firmware from Dangerous Bros. give you the upgrade to +/- or was that accomplished separately?


Comments posted by Bruce from United States, April 08, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Hi,

Got an ND-2100AD with a Dell 8300. It seems the DVD media is interpreted as CD media thus only allowing 700Mb to be written. Am using +R. When inserting the DVD media the unit in the explorer switches from "DVD-CD unit(E:)" to "CD unit(E:)". Can't figure out what is going on and would appreciate any help.

//Chris


Comments posted by Chris from Sweden, March 30, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





This writer came inside my Dell Dimension 8300, flashed the firmware with "The Dangerous Brothers" firmware to make it into a +/- writer; then used TDB's 2500 v1.25 firmware to bring it write up todate, which includes RPC1, Rip Lock and Bit Setting.

Superb drive, no problems.

BTW: Firmware can be found at http://tdb.rpc1.org/#ND2100A


Comments posted by Alan from United Kingdom, March 26, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Although I haven't tried it yet, you can apparently flash the firmware on this drive with a modified version of the ND-2500A firmware and give the drive the ability to burn DVD-R/RW media. You can, of course, render your drive useless doing this, so beware.

I don't know if there are any differences between the ND-2100A and the ND-2100AD. The latter is what Dell currently bundles (as of Feb. 2004) with their Dimension 8300s. YMMV


Comments posted by mgoh from United States, March 21, 2004. Rated this writer 6 of 10.





This is the DVD burner that came with my Dell machine. I'm kind dissappointed that it WON'T burn to DVD-R or DVD-RW. EVERY OTHER BURNER out there DOES. Hmmmmm, sounds like a Dell/NEC special model...If I had known this, I wouldn't have bought it, I would have bought the 2500 NEC. However, one of my DVD burners used to not accept DVD+R and now it magically does accept the same exact DVD+R medium burned on the NEC 2100! Very strange. Also the info above is incorrect. It burns CD-Rs at 32X like everything else.


Comments posted by acribb from United States, March 11, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





I like this writer thus far, only burnt couple of discs but it seems its good enough.


Comments posted by Hiten Patel from United Kingdom, February 06, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.




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DVD-R = Is not supported
DVD-R? = Not tested


Single Layer(4.7GB) write speeds
1x (CLV) = about 58 minutes
2x (CLV) = about 29 minutes
2.4x (CLV) = about 24 minutes
4x (CLV) = about 14.5 minutes
6x (CLV/ZCLV) = about 10-12 minutes
8x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 8-10 minutes
12x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 6.5-7.5 minutes
16x (CAV/ZCLV) = about 6-7 minutes

Dual/Double Layer(8.5GB) write speeds
1x CLV = about 105 minutes
2.4x CLV = about 44 minutes
4x CLV = about 27 minutes

Single Layer (4.7GB) read speeds
1x read speed is 1.321MB/s = ~56 minutes
6x CAV (avg. ~4x) read speed is max 7.93MB/s = ~14 minutes
8x CAV (avg. ~6x) read speed is max 10.57MB/s = ~10 minutes
12x CAV (avg. ~8x) read speed is max 15.85MB/s = ~7 minutes
16x CAV (avg. ~12x) read speed is max 21.13MB/s = ~5 minutes


DVD Write types
CAV = Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is written at a constantly increasing speed.
CLV = Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is written at a constant speed.
ZCLV = Zone Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is divided into zones. After each zone the write speed is increased.
PCAV = Partial Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is being written at an increasing speed until a certain speed. After this speed it will not increase anymore.


Connection
Desktop = Standalone desktop DVD Recorder
EIDE = Computer DVD Writer with EIDE/IDE connection
SCSI = Computer DVD Writer with SCSI connection
USB = Computer desktop DVD Writer with USB 2.0 or/and 1.1 connection
FireWire = Computer desktop DVD Writer with IEEE 1394/FireWire/i.Link connection (some standalone desktop dvd recorder supports this also but then it is usually to connect your DV camera to the recorder)


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