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post #2881 of 2891 Old 10-17-2010, 09:48 AM
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Are you saying that I can take the drive out of my BDP-S1 install it in my computer as a BD read/writable drive?
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You should be able to ... it's an internal BD drive; the same model was sold by Pioneer as a drive for computers. I don't remember what the interface is though ... it may be an IDE. I'll see if I still have some pics I took from way back then.
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You should be able to ... it's an internal BD drive; the same model was sold by Pioneer as a drive for computers. I don't remember what the interface is though ... it may be an IDE. I'll see if I still have some pics I took from way back then.

Yes, it's an IDE interface.
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@colofan

The BDP-S1 drive is a Pioneer drive and will work in your PC. As already stated, it is an IDE drive that will easily connect. This is what shows up in Nero InfoTool (PIONEER BD-RWBDR-101AX 1.08 07/04/05PIONEER) and it's listed as a BD Rewriter. However, although Nero info and other programs will recognize it as a read/write drive, it cannot write. Most likely, this is due to the firmware installed on the drive to block it's writing ability.

I am currently using my BDP-S1 drive primarily to rip files to my HD and it does a real fine job.

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My BDP-05FD, still going strong and still my favorite player!

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Okay so the writing function is not available unless there is a download from pioneer to enable this function....thanks all for the input.
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Is it possible to download the pioneer firmware and "convert" the drive to a pioneer 101A ?
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Is it possible to download the pioneer firmware and "convert" the drive to a pioneer 101A ?

No, I tried applying the actual Pio 101A firmware and it didn't take. I believe that Sony may have somehow locked the drive to prevent this but it's possible that a "hacked" firmware may exist somewhere. I also did some minimal searching about 6 months ago for any "alternative" firmware and came up empty.

If you are able to find something, please post it here.

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I must say this player has fantastic up conversion. I've used some supposedly good players for upconversion before, the Toshiba HD-A1, the Samsung BD-UP5000, this one still bests them all. Tried watching my old Devil's Advocate DVD on the Panasonic today, looked all blurry and poor, tossed it on the BDP-S1 looks clean and crisp, almost well enough to suffice until they finally release the Blu-ray.

The difference is so great that I'm actually considering buying a used one strictly for DVD viewing over the BD-UP5000. Anyone else feel the same about this one?
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New Version 5.60 is now available:

http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-list.pl?mdl=BDPS1
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Thanks, jwstegbauer. I'll be ordering a copy of the disc from Sony in the near future.
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Does anyone have any idea if there is a way to change the color of the pillar-bars (which display during a 1.33:1 film) from gray to black?
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