Pioneer DVR-104 / DVR-A04 DVD Writer

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Pioneer DVR-104 / DVR-A04


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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 01ne 4xDVD-R (LEADDATA01..) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 3t PRO 1xDVD-RW (RITEK000V11A) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 3t PRO 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Accu 1xDVD-R (LD..........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Accu 1xDVD-R (LD01........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Apple 4xDVD-R (MXL RG02....) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 BeAll 1xDVD-R (BeAll G00001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 BeAll 4xDVD-R (BeAll G40001) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bencole Platinum Series 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bencole Platinum Series 4xDVD-R (AN32........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BigPockets 4xDVD-R (LONGTEN TECH) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bridata 2xDVD-R (PRODISCG02..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 BulkDVD.net 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
21 Bulkpaq 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 12 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
8 Bulkpaq 2xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 7 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Bulkpaq 8xDVD-R (TTG02.......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 CD-R Media.co.uk 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 CD-Recordable 1xDVD-R (REC001......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 CloneDisc 2xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 CompUSA 1xDVD-R (LD..........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 CompUSA 1xDVD-R (OPTODISCK001) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 CompUSA 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Creation 1xDVD-R (............) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datasafe Media 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datawrite 2xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
5 Datawrite Classic 2xDVD-R (PRODISCG02..) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Datawrite Classic 2xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Datawrite Classic Red 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Datawrite Red (V2) 4xDVD-R (INFOSMART01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Discrite 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Discrite 2xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 DupEZ 2xDVD-R (SONY........) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 DVD Master 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 EMTEC 1xDVD-R (LGE.........) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 ESBuy Gold 1xDVD-R (RITEKG01....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 2xDVD-R (PVC001001) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (AN32........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 1xDVD-R (GSC001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
4 Generic/Unbranded 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 2xDVD-R (PRODISCG02..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 1xDVD-R (VIVASTAR....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 GQ (Great Quality) 1xDVD-R (LD..........) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 4xDVD-R (LEADDATA01..) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 2xDVD-R (SONY........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Hatron 2xDVD-R (NANYA P1861.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Imation 1xDVD-R (CMC00RG200..) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 2xDVD-RW (OPTODISCW002) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Intenso 1xDVD-R (NANYA P1861.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 IOTA 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 IOTA 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 KHypermedia 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 KHypermedia 2xDVD-R (CMC MAG.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
7 KHypermedia 1xDVD-R (CMC00RG200..) comments, 2 good, 1 mixed, 3 poor.
1 KHypermedia 1xDVD-R (CMC00RG300..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 KHypermedia 1xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Laser 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Laser 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Laser 2xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Lead Data 1xDVD-R (LD..........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Lead Data 1xDVD-R (LD01........) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
4 Lead Data 1xDVD-R (Lead Data) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Leda 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 LG 8xDVD-R (MUST 003....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Matrix 4xDVD-R (............) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 MAXdisc 1xDVD-R (4M SYS 202C1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Maxell 1xDVD-RW (JVC/VictorT7) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
3 Maxell 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Maxell 4xDVD-R (MXL RG02....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 8xDVD-R (MXL RG03....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 1xDVD-R (CMC MAG. CO.) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
4 Memorex 1xDVD-R (CMC00RG200..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD-R (MBI 01RG20) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 2xDVD-R (PRODISCG02..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD+R (RITEK...S04) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 1xDVD-RW (RITEK000V11A) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 1xDVD-R (RITEKG01....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 2xDVD-R (TAIYOYUDEN..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Millenium 1xDVD-R (DDD DVDR....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mirror Platinum 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsui 2xDVD-R (MCC 00RG200) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsumi 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 MMore 1xDVD-R (EuroDig-Disc) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Nanya 2xDVD-R (NANYA P1861.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Office Depot 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Optimum 2xDVD-R (CMC MAG.....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
6 Optodisc 1xDVD-R (OPTODISC....) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
5 Optodisc 1xDVD-R (OPTODISCK001) comments, 3 good, 2 mixed, 0 poor.
4 Optodisc 1xDVD-RW (OPTODISCK001) comments, 2 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Optodisc 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCK001) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Optodisc 4xDVD-R (OPTODISCR004) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Paradox 4xDVD-R (INFOSMART01.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Pine 4xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Pioneer 4xDVD-R (PVCR001002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Pioneer 2xDVD-RW (PVCW00V00245) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Pioneer DVS-R47A 2xDVD-R (PVC001001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Pioneer DVS-RW47B 1xDVD-RW (PVCW000001Q9) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 PowerDisc 1xDVD-R (GSC001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 PrimeDisc 1xDVD-R (Auvistar....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
11 PrimeDisc 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 5 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 PrimeDisc 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
8 Princo 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 4 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
8 Princo 1xDVD-RW (PRINCO......) comments, 4 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
5 Princo 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 4 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Princo 2xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Prodisc 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Prodisc 1xDVD-R (PRODISCG01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Prodisc 4xDVD-R (ProdiscS03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Promedia Bulk 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Q-tec 4xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Raycom 2xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 RiData 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 RiData 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 RiDisc 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
9 Ritek 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 4 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Ritek 2xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
4 Ritek 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 4 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 4xDVD-R (RITEKM02....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Samsung 4xDVD-R (BeAll G40001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Samsung (DigitAll) 2xDVD-R (CMC MAG....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Sentinel 2xDVD-R (OPTODISCK001) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Shintaro 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Shintaro 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Shintaro 1xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sky 4xDVD-R (AN31........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sky 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sky 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 SmartBuy 1xDVD-RW (ProdiscDVDRW) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sonic 2xDVD-R (............) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Sonic 2xDVD-R (LONGTEN 001.) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sonic 4xDVD-R (Yi Jhan 001.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Sony 1xDVD-RW (JVC/VictorT7) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 StarMedia 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Supermedia 4xDVD-R (............) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Supermedia 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 TDK 2xDVD-R (MCC 00RG200) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 TDK 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 1xDVD-RW (TDK501saku]3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 2xDVD-R (TDKG010000d9) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 TDK 2xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 That's Write! 1xDVD-R (Lead Data) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 That's Write! 2xDVD-R (SONY........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
4 Traxdata 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
4 Universal 1xDVD-R (GSC001) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLife) 2xDVD-R (CMC MAG.....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
6 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2xDVD-R (MCC 00RG200) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 1xDVD-RW (MCC 00RW11N9) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim DigitalMovie 4xDVD-R (MCC 01RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
7 Vivastar 1xDVD-R (VIVASTAR....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 1 poor.
6 White Label 2xDVD-R (TDKG02000000) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 WYSIWYG 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Yakumo 1xDVD-R (PRODISCG02..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Yakumo 1xDVD-R (RITEKG03....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Zeus 1xDVD-R (PRODISCG01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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I rated this a 10 even though this drive burns slow in comparison to today's standards. I've been using this burner for maybe 4 years and yes I should buy a newer and faster burner but I haven't gotten around to it yet. Basically this writer has been perfect for me even though its slow.


Comments posted by Pamela from United States, July 26, 2006. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Simply put, this drive is perfect.

Media is expensive, period. No matter which standard you buy into, DVD media is pricey unless you're American and can order in bulk with minimal taxes. The rest of the world has to balance the cost of 1x media against 2x media, and ultimately screams "screw it!!!" and plunks down their money on the best burner, not the newest or fastest.

The cost for DVD-anything media at 2x or above it not worth the saved 10-15 minutes. It takes me longer to encode a home video to the correct format than it takes to burn a DVD.

DVD-R/RW plays great with Princo 1x DVD-R and DVD-RW on my Apex 1100W player, as well as the 5 other DVD players I tested while in Walmart one day.

I bought my DVR-A04 retail for $470CND, which is a great price. I picked up 5 Princo DVD-R for $20CND and 5 Princo DVD-RW for $30.

I've been able to burn multiple CD-Rom ISOs to a single DVD-RW and use Deamon Tools to map virtual SCSI drives to each image. I plan to reduce my CD collection to a 6:1 ratio in short order.

I've also created a DVD-RW Ghost image of my C: drive as a bootable image using Ghost with CD support as the initial app. Every time I make a major change to my system I update to Ghost image on my DVD-RW incase I need to restore it at anytime.

Trying to decide if you want to buy? If you're in Canada and want a burner now, get this model. You can't beat the price, compatibility and quality.

If you're in the US, get the new Sony DVD-+R/RW drive. Hell who cares, minimal taxes and a price difference of $50, get the best burner you can find.


Comments posted by Under from Other, February 23, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Hi Shawn, had the power calibration problem a while back. It sStarted with problems burning at 2x and then even at 1x. I cleaned the laser lens as described in one of the forums. That takes just a few minutes. Ever since no coaster again. Bought my DVR-A04 in July 2002 and burned about 250+ discs. Best (value) Media in my opinion is Ritek G03 with firmware 1.31 it burns at 2x.


Comments posted by Busvol from Other, January 15, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I bought this burner in July 2002 and have burned about 75 DVD's with mixed results. It burned most of the media I used at 1x eventhough the media is rated at higher speeds such as 2x or 4x. I have upgraded the firmware to 1.41 hoping to solve the power calibration errors I have received when trying to burn several different types of DVD-R media. I purchased a 25 pack of GQ 1x-4x DVD-R media from Fry's and this burner will not accept them, it gives me the dreaded (power calibration error). It's time to upgrade to a Pioneer 106D or a Plextor 8x burner.


Comments posted by Shawn from Other, January 13, 2004. Rated this writer 4 of 10.





anyone use dvd+rw memorex discs in this drive? I cant get them to write a damn thing.


Comments posted by jeremy from Other, December 05, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.





Pioneer DVR-A04/104 only burn 2x on this setting.
v1.40 2xforall hack firmware.
RecordNow MAX, or Alcohol 120%, or CopyToDVD.


Comments posted by fireeye from Other, November 21, 2003. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





any software to downgrade from firmware 1.41???


Comments posted by [KiP]u{sOeP} from Other, September 22, 2003. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





I bought this drive back in June 2002 and burned about 150 DVDs of home video only; just yesterday, wouldn't write anymore. Spent hours today trying to troubleshoot, and am giving up. Will read DVD-R and DVD-RW, but won't write either one. Firmware v1.4, tried Prassi and DVD Complete on W2k Pro; Guess it's time for the 106...before now, it would get a 10, but I think it should last longer than a year and do more than 150 DVDs.


Comments posted by ER Slansky from Other, September 21, 2003. Rated this writer 5 of 10.





Hi
I have had my driver about 6 months now and have been really pleased with it's performance.I have made a complete back up of all my original ps2 xbox and dvd films i own in case of the kids messing any up.The only problem i had with the driver was sometimes i put 4 speed discs in and it just would not be reconised by my driver.For this reason i put the firmware update in and bingo the problem was gone.
I also have a really fast 52x Cdrw drive in my pc but half the time still use my A04 for cdr as i have so much confidence in it's performance.My cousin has a really updated dvd drive not dropping any names but they also make the No1 console.His is suppose to do 4xspeed and + and - and he has already been haveing major conflicts with the top copying programes which i do not have.Take it from me if you have a A04 you made a great choice stick with it.


Comments posted by John Fox from Other, August 18, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I bought the A104 for 219.00 and installed in my win2000 box (I even reloaded windows) and got 5 bad disk. I was about to take it back when I then tried putting it in my Linux box. I haven't as of yet got a single bad burn with it. So now I do most (not all) of my encoding on my win200 machine and only burn with my Linux box.


Comments posted by courtrrb from Other, May 07, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.







Comments posted by Ranger from Other, May 06, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Following my previous mail on upgrading firmware, after the initial success the drive began spewing out coasters again. So I took the 104 back to Silicon Group where bought. They began blaming my system for Aspi files, Dvd burning software, ripping software, etc etc until they blamed my whole operating system and told me reinstall windows. Not willing to do that and after 1 futile exchange, I demanded a refund to which they finally complied after deducting a 20% handling charge as they called it. A Crap drive from an even crapier shop!


Comments posted by moji from Other, May 05, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.





The reason for the error "MODEL NAME OF KERNAL PART IS NOT MATCHED" is becase some other, possibly third party, firmware has been used. So to upgrade you must first downgrade. Use the sites mentioned in other posts such as http://www.firmwares.co.uk to find the right downgrade then upgrade accordingly to v1.40. This solved all my problems after creating 1/2 doz coasters.



Comments posted by moji from Other, April 28, 2003. Rated this writer 6 of 10.





I purchased my first Pioneer DVD-RW (DVR-104) just over a year ago. I've burned 100s of discs in it and have made exactly 2 coasters. Both were absolutely my fault. I've had such good luck with the drive that I bought a 2nd drive, a A04, two weeks ago. Between the two drives I've run though 100 pieces of media in the last week. This drive will burn on anything, including questionable media such as Princo and DVDPro. No data reliability or coaster issues here. Pioneer is making a top-quality product here!


Comments posted by PrimeRisk from Other, April 19, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I AM LOOKING FOR A FIRMWARE UPGRADE.MY DRIVE IS A PIONEER DVR104(AUSUS OEM)
ON THE FLASH SITES IT SAYS STANDARD POINEER FIRMWARE UPGRADES WILL WORK BUT I KEEP GETTING THIS MESSAGE
"MODEL NAME OF KERNAL PART IS NOT MATCHED"
WHAT AM I DOING WRONG


Comments posted by BRIAN from Other, April 16, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





For more infos about Firmwares & Flashing check this site:www.firmware-flash.com!



Comments posted by _chef_ from Other, April 07, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





http://www.firmwares.co.uk


Comments posted by karl from Other, April 07, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.







Comments posted by BRIAN from Other, April 05, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I picked this unit up (the CenDyneboxed version, but it's still a pioneer unit) from Staples. It was on clearance for $180. The software works pretty good, and the DVD-Rs play on my APEX-1600, so I'm very satisfied with the purchase!


Comments posted by Paul from Other, March 25, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





You can get the newest patch to upgrade the firmware from....

http://www.pioneer.co.jp/oshirase/writer/index-e.html



Comments posted by Jorge Rubio from Other, March 12, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Please tell me where i can get the newest patch to upgrade the firmware of my a04.....

Thanks
bobsgig@hotmail.com
Bob


Comments posted by Bob from Other, February 28, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





have upgraded my a04 to 1.4 firmware can burn 1 speed disks at 2 speed
no problems yet.


Comments posted by klarkhee from Other, February 18, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I would suggest anyone looking at upgrading the firmware, read some forums about the upgrade first. I upgraded from the original 1.29 to the 1.32 firmware version which pioneer suggested to avoid burning out the laser on the new high speed (4x)disks and immediately started burning coasters on Ritek media.

I had burned 10 dvd-r disk successfully before upgrading. I ended up going back to 1.31 which seems to work fine. I couldn't find the original 1.29 or I would have gone all the way back. I just won't use the 4x media which is ok because I can only write at 2x anyway.


Comments posted by Chuck Wiseley from Other, January 03, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.







Comments posted by freddyfocus from Other, December 27, 2002. Rated this writer No rating.





I bought the DVR-104 for $230 on Ebay about 6 or 7 weeks ago. It was new, but the software supplied (probably buy the vendor) was total crap. After reading the forums, and practically everything else on this site, I ended up using Nero, which I already had, and Ifoedit. I tell you, I couldn't be happier. PS2 backups are a breeze, and, thanks to the kickass guides, movie backups are also painless. I use the cheapest dvd-r media I can find(usually on Ebay), and so far I've gotten ~80-90 burns with not one coaster!!!! I must admit that my first 2 wouldn't play in anything but my Apex AD1100, but that was my fault....noob that I am. I can't tell you what it reads or doesn't read, or how it does with cd-r(w), because I bought it to burn DVDs, and blanks are all I put into it. I have other drives for everything else. Well, enough drooling, my keyboard is getting wet!!! Definite 10!


Comments posted by letgoofmyears from Other, December 15, 2002. Rated this writer 10 of 10.




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OEM
Original Equipment Manufacturer.


Chipset

The manufacturer of the main chipset the DVD writer/recorder is based on.


Write support / Read support
DVD-R
= Works
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)


Rating
The first rating is based on a weighted rank (the true Bayesian), it requires at least 5 votes to get a weighted rating.
The second rating between the ( ) is a normal average rating.


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