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Firmware for Panasonic UJ-220

Postby Jelges on Sat Jan 08, 2011 8:00 pm

Hallo all, I think about buying this drive so I cannot give You any data right now other then the specs.

Can I use the Matschita firmware? You know it's simply the only slim IDE Blue Ray Burner.

I was told that it would have firmware 1.0 on it and Panasonic just serves firmware to oems and the oem firmware wouldn't be compatable with it.
It would burn normal BD-R but not LTH-Type BD-R. I want to use it with Dell Precision M6300. Can You help me?

I use it in Europe. Codefree would be nice, sure.

Yours sincerely, Jelges
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Re: Firmware for Panasonic UJ-220

Postby tqhoang on Sat Jan 08, 2011 9:39 pm

Sony seems to be the main OEM with firmware updates for the UJ-220 and UJ-225 drives.
Here's the latest UJ-220 firmware v1.05 (use Google to translate it).
http://vcl.vaio.sony.co.jp/download/EP0000203289.html

If your UJ-220 drive is not recognized by the Sony firmware updater, you will need to get familiar with some software developer tools (WinHex, WinDbg) to pull it off. In this thread, I initially updated my non-Sony UJ-225 drive with the Sony UJ-225 firmware...later I figured out how to trick the UJ-220 firmware updater too.
viewtopic.php?p=229446#p229446

Also Panasonic/Matshita drives are known for being almost impossible to make region-free...even with software like AnyDVD[-HD]. I say almost because I saw a couple of firmwares that were reverse engineered and made region-free, but that list was very small.
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Re: Firmware for Panasonic UJ-220

Postby chef on Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:43 am

I wonder WHY you would buy and use such a crappy drive?!

For your Laptop the options are (from Dell):
Modular Options:
24X CD-RW/DVD, 8X DVD +/- RW8, DVD-ROM, Blu-Ray


Region free for the BluRay part is not about to happen, only rpc1 for the dvd part would be an option.

Buy an external BD burner and you'll be happy, I'm sure.
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Re: Firmware for Panasonic UJ-220

Postby ivolino3 on Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:14 am

I have a UJ-220 in my laptop with firmware 1.0. I get the message from the Updater EP0000203289.exe "The F/W loader does not apply to the drive that you are using". With my UJ-220S in my desktop computer it was working.
do you have a simple solution to update my UJ-220 drive?
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Re: Firmware for Panasonic UJ-220

Postby chef on Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:36 am

The UJ220 is no UJ220S and they have different OEM firmwares, so you cannot use such an update for both drives. It is that simple.
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Re: Firmware for Panasonic UJ-220

Postby ivolino3 on Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:40 am

Is there any firmware update for the UJ-220 higher than 1.0 which I can use in a non Sony notebook?
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Re: Firmware for Panasonic UJ-220

Postby chef on Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:41 am

I think you should make a proper request then rather than hijacking another thread (this one).
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Re: Firmware for Panasonic UJ-220

Postby tqhoang on Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:31 pm

ivolino3 wrote:I have a UJ-220 in my laptop with firmware 1.0. I get the message from the Updater EP0000203289.exe "The F/W loader does not apply to the drive that you are using". With my UJ-220S in my desktop computer it was working.
do you have a simple solution to update my UJ-220 drive?


There is no simple solution. You must either follow what I did or find the proper OEM firmware for your UJ-220 (if one exists).
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Re: Firmware for Panasonic UJ-220

Postby Jelges on Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:35 pm

tqhoang wrote:
ivolino3 wrote:I have a UJ-220 in my laptop with firmware 1.0. I get the message from the Updater EP0000203289.exe "The F/W loader does not apply to the drive that you are using". With my UJ-220S in my desktop computer it was working.
do you have a simple solution to update my UJ-220 drive?


There is no simple solution. You must either follow what I did or find the proper OEM firmware for your UJ-220 (if one exists).


Where can I find this non simple solution?

Thanks.

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Re: Firmware for Panasonic UJ-220

Postby tqhoang on Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:25 pm

If you read my post above, you'll see this link where I specifically describe how to trick the Sony UJ-220S firmware updater.

But in retrospect, you should read the entire thread starting at this post.
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Re: Firmware for Panasonic UJ-220

Postby Jelges on Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:03 am

Hallo again, I now have a Matshita MLT UJ-220 with Sony Firmware 1.05. It still doesn't work with AnyDVD and it is set to region 1. I need it to be region 2. But I would it like to be region free. Is there anything possible to get this drive region free? (Firmware attached).

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MATSHITA BD-MLT UJ-220B_1.05_EP0000203289_12.08.2009 (Sony).zip
This is Version 1.05 of the Matshita MLT UJ-220 Firmware (Sony). I use the drive in my Dell Precision M6300.
(1.11 MiB) Downloaded 2013 times
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Re: Firmware for Panasonic UJ-220

Postby chef on Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:42 am

It never worked with AnyDVD and never will.
Just read post #1 and you shall know that.
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Re: Firmware for Panasonic UJ-220

Postby Wormboy on Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:52 pm

Hi, I sucessfuly crossflashed my BD UJ-220 WDB1 v1.0 to Sony BD-MLT UJ-220S BSX1 V1.05

Here is my original header:

4D4154534849544100554A2D32323020505247204C44522020003030333300303130360030303030003030303400312E303020202020004D415453484954412042442D524520554A2D323230

MATSHITA UJ-220 PRG LDR 0033 0106 0000 0004 1.00
MATSHITA UJ-220

00330106000000041

I followed the thread on the UJ-225 crossflash and found that once you eject the tray and hit F5 3 times and F10, Shift+F11 (in the steps to debug), the update utility will load all the OEM information from your drive for comparison with the white list.

I then replaced all my OEM header info with the HEX information below... it was easy, just search for your firmware version. 1.00 (what I did), or for the WDB1 manufacturer ID. Be sure to properly compare the data you are writing as there are 4 distinct headers that are in various locations. Once all 4 segments are done, save in WinHex if you do not have automatic save. You can then remove 'kernel32!DeviceIoControl' in WinDbg continue with F5.

Note: The text I have placed under the HEX code will not work in copying as some of the HEX does not translate to typed text.

You will need to perform 4 searches for variations of your OEM header. I think my HEX information is in proper order, though you will need to check carfully how they fit before writing.

4D4154534849544142442D4D4C5420554A2D323230532020312E3034303830373233303050434320323230425358312030303032303046343030333130303036

MATSHITABD-MLT UJ-220S 1.0408072300PCC 220BSX1 000200F400310006

4D41545348495441554A2D32323020505247204C4452202030303434643130393030303030303035312E3034202020204D4154534849544142442D4D4C5420554A2D3232305320

MATSHITAUJ-220 PRG LDR 0044d109000000051.04
MATSHITABD-MLT UJ-220S

4D415453484954410042442D4D4C5420554A2D32323053202000312E3034003038303732333030005043432000323230420053583120003030303200303046340030303331003030303600

MATSHITA BD-MLT UJ-220S 1.04 08072300 PCC 220B SX1 0002 00F4 0031 0006

4D4154534849544100554A2D32323020505247204C44522020003030343400643130390030303030003030303500312E303420202020004D4154534849544142442D4D4C5420554A2D3232305320

MATSHITAUJ-220 PRG LDR 0044 d109 0000 0005 1.04
MATSHITABD-MLT UJ-220S
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Re: Firmware for Panasonic UJ-220

Postby chef on Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:20 am

Again, a warning to anyone who thinks about trying such pickstick crossflashing.

Everything you do is AT YOUR OWN RISK!
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Re: Firmware for Panasonic UJ-220

Postby tqhoang on Sun May 06, 2012 4:03 pm

@Wormboy - Thank you for sharing your information.
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Re: Firmware for Panasonic UJ-220

Postby Wormboy on Mon May 07, 2012 4:28 pm

@tqhoang

Your welcome! :o)

I did not get my drive until a week before I saw how to flash Panasonic UJ225 with Sony thread.

I would have hacked this a lot sooner when the threads were more active, but I had no need for Bluray at the time.

My 7 year old laptop did not have the option, and the Panasonic seemed best compared over the limited PATA drives you can get.

I have no regrets, out side of the 50 el cheap-o DVD+R blanks the Panasonic UJ-220 won't write to. Though I hacked my Pioneer DVD writer to be RPC1 and updated its compatibility list for blanks. :o)

I also found that FFdshow setup on MPC plays BD well and does not give me the incompatible video card issues as with any other BD software. :o)
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Re: Firmware for Panasonic UJ-220

Postby rdodolak on Sat Dec 01, 2012 7:00 am

Thank you for this information Wormboy!

You're instructions worked perfectly! I had a POS Dell Matshita-RE UJ-220 which was pretty much useless since it failed to read the majority of new commercial Blu-ray discs. After flashing the Sony v1.05 firmware I'm now able to read those previously "unreadable" discs. I can't thank you enough.
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Re: Firmware for Panasonic UJ-220

Postby JUNEBUG-1 on Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:07 am

rdodolak wrote:Thank you for this information Wormboy!

You're instructions worked perfectly! I had a POS Dell Matshita-RE UJ-220 which was pretty much useless since it failed to read the majority of new commercial Blu-ray discs. After flashing the Sony v1.05 firmware I'm now able to read those previously "unreadable" discs. I can't thank you enough.

i have a dell xps m1730 with uj-220 drive i tried many diff. way and cant find header the only thing i can find update header 1.05 no other one can you help me out step by step please
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Re: Firmware for Panasonic UJ-220

Postby JUNEBUG-1 on Sun Jul 28, 2013 12:08 pm

got it there's more to it you have to set breakpoint, hit F5 (6 for me) before error pop's out , f10 ,shift f11, f10 till you see fist "CMP'' open WinHex E.M. look for your ID String mine was around 0053f600 (that's the only info. you will find of your drive ) change to MATSHITABD-MLT UJ-220S 1.0408072300 then go back to Winbg eject drive hit f5 (4 times for me) that will load all your drive info. , go back to WinHex and look for headers (one was at 0055278 2nd after your drives letter ( \E: on mine ) 00560000 now change all headers look above at Wormboy Post all header info. is there once changed save, back to Winbg remove breakpoint then hit F5. that worked for me after so many try's and days of my life THANKS Tqhoang and Wormboy
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Re: Firmware for Panasonic UJ-220

Postby Dezire on Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:12 pm

It's worth adding that on some laptops or systems there is a PATA to SATA adapter built in. The Alienware Area-51 M17x-R1 is one example. Following tqhoang and Wormboy's hack with such an adapter installed will get you past the disk tray eject point but your drive header data may not be loaded into memory. This had me scratching my head for a while until I tried the hack with my HP UJ-220S on v1.01 inside an old Dell Inspiron 6400. Only then, did everything run true.

Also note; there are two spaces needed between UJ-220S and 1.0408072300 on the first memory edit in WinHex.

A big THANK YOU to UJ-220S Tqhoang and Wormboy!!
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What am I doing wrong?

Postby mabuse on Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:52 am

Can somebody tell me what I'm doing wrong or what's going wrong in my case?

I did the following:

1) Install Windbg on Windows XP X64 => first I tried dbg_amd64_6.11.1.404.msi
2) I downloaded and registered WinHex 17.4
3) I opened WinHex & WinDbg
3) I started UJ-220B_for_VAIO_V105.exe, which gave me the message "F/W Loader does not apply to the DVD /CD-RW Drive that you are using. Press [EXIT] to continue.".
4) I attached the process UJ-220B_for_VAIO_V105.exe to WinDbg with the command "bp kernel32!DeviceIoControl"

=> the updater seems to crash (it gets impossible to swith to it with Alt+Tab and the Window gets blank). Thus, i tried it with other Versions of WinDbg (e.g. dbg_amd64_6.12.2.633.msi) and older Versions of the Updater and with another Notebook, which is running Win XP x86. Unfortunately it remains always the same. The Updater-Window get blank when I attach it to WinDbg.
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