Originally Posted by THE DVD MAN
The manual says 110v , and that´s what I have, so I am stuck with that !
Allright!! I have "Region 1" "Rom Version 2.05"
where do we go from here?
Hi, Pleased you are having success. Both of my players had Firmware version 1.44 but many people have been successful updating from the newer Firmware 2.05 to modified Firmware 2.10 without trouble. The Brasilian model is not different. A friend of mine in Rio has one. They are a universal chassis built in the China plant.
All the information you need is in this thread but I will repeat the basics to make it easy for you. I am going to show you how to load Foncreator 4b which gives you open Region and many other enhancements. If you want Divx go to the Softpedia site and find the latest Gufiak firmware. I have no experience of this or whether it works
Go to http://geocities.com/foncreator
and download Version 4b - Then uncompress it
Using Nero 6.0 full version:
1. Create a CD-ROM (ISO): (Data mode: Mode 1 File system: ISO9660 + Joliet)
2. Label it "PIONEER" (the PIONEER must be in uppcercase or the machine will not recognise the disc)
3. Put the .BIN file in the top/root directory
4. burn it with 'Verify' turned on.
5. insert the disc into the player
6. press 'Play' when prompted
7. remove disc when it is ejected automatically
8. wait a minute
9. the player will reset when done so make sure you change whatever
settings you had changed in the setup before.
it works with a CD-RW as well as a normal CD-R.
This will give you all as follows from v1 to v4 inclusive:
New feature - DVD Fast Start. Press "Play" to skip any warnings, ads etc at the beginning of DVD video.
DVD prohibited user operations protection removed. Almost
New item in the "Video Adjust" menu - Darker Than Black.
SRT subtitles' milliseconds timing fixed.
v3 (a "lazy" release, don't wanna patch v2.10's 8032)
ARM and DSP from official v2.10 - users report on some subtle DivX/MP3 improvements.
41-char subs filename limitation removed.
Subs body is pure white now, an outline - pure black; alignment - bottom.
Screensaver makes the screen totally blank - no "Pioneer" animation anymore.
Region free (player will stay multizone even after downgrade to original FW).
VFD (Vacuum Fluorescent Display) file navigation: while you're in the filebrowser everything under cursor will be shown on VFD (first 10 chars, ASCII only due to VFD limitations). Can be useful for MP3 users.
Changes relative to original FW:
no image preview
long (50 chars) ASCII/CP1251 filenames
White black-outlined subs (Font2-3, Impact 20, CP1251).
New system font (Font0-1, Font9-10, Impact 14, CP1251).
New items in the "Audio Settings" menu: Equalizer, Bass boost, Super bass, Treble boost.
New "Video Output" submenu - "TV Type" (Multisync, PAL, NTSC. Off/On player after change).
"V.Surround" key now turns on/off a random (shuffle) play of MP3s. "Virtual Surround" is still available through "Audio Settings" menu.
It will also allow your machine to convert PAL to NTSC and NTSC to PAL by setting new TV Type screen that comes with 4b (See my comments earlier in the thread about my findings after changing to 4b)
I am sorry that this does not give you Divx on a 578. It does on a 575. If you want Divx you are going to have to cut a CD in the same way as I explain above but using the Gufiak Firmware from the Softpedia site. I have no experience of this so you do so at your own risk. I am not interested in poor quality MPEG4 Divx VOD. Both of my machines operate perfectly on Foncreator 4b and do what I want.
Let me know if you have success. Some people have had to change the BIN numbers on the CD they cut. This is not my experience.
If you still have trouble with your machine accepting the upgrade disc after doing what I say above then look back in the thread where Rickardl tells you how to change BIN numbers and what to change them to