Overclocked my CDRW today... burn times cut in half!
After a little research some firmware shuffling and a few reboots I managed to convert my HP CD-Writer+ 8200a into a HP CD-Writer+ 9100 which unlocked all 4mbs of the buffer and doubled the burn speed from 4x to 8x.
Now the only question is whether or not I should 'go for it' and try to convert it into a 9300 which has a 10x burn capability or if I should leave well enough alone and be happy with what I've got...
Originally posted by Flyer22: you´re nuts, i guess you´re begging for a ruined drive, i´d stick for that option that is: be happy and glad for beeing able to overclock that drive (man you are nuts lol).
If i were you i wouldn´t have messed with it in first place, but that´s me.........
It was only a 4x CDRW, if I still had one I would try to find away to make it faster too.
Impressive! That's the curiosity and guts that breaks new ground. Okay, before someone says "curiosity killed the cat", it also builds better mousetraps. Suppose someone hadn't scribbled on a Duron or Tbird's bridges?
[This message has been edited by xroyal (edited 05-05-2002).]
actually i have heard of that firmware update "upgrade". but have you seen record of anyone flashing form there to a better drive?...i wouldn't press my luck if it has never been done before. well i would take that back...i probaly would...but then again i seem to destroy alot of stuff.
Its not all that risky guys. People have been doing this since the beginning of the Plextor drives. They were popular (as well as these HPs) for "upgrading". I would try it with my Sony 12x8x32x, but I don't think they offer firmware for any of their CRX160e or higher drives. CRX140e, 8x4x32x, was the last one they bothered to give firmware too...and they did it twice, but not once to my CRX160e, or the CRX180/200 models If anyone has a link to a Sony firmware update for like a 16x drive, I'll try it and let you all know how it works... Hell, if it breaks I'll go get a 32x12x40x for like $60 at BestBuy, lol. So I guess its a win-win situation for me
Well it seems the CRX175 is the only drive I can find firmware to, but that is a 24x10x40 drive or something close to those specs, but I know its a 24x10. However, the Sony flash program says it won't allow me to flash that firmware to my drive My drive uses the CR3470 Cirrus Logic chip which has a max official of 12x. It is however, compatible with the CR3480 (16x12x48x) for firmware, but I don't know which drives use the CD3480. Ahh!
Oh yeah, my drive is also identical to the HP 9510i and some Ricoh 12x8x32x, judging by the electronics "under the hood" so I'll look for some upgrades for those drives..