Matsushita UJ-857 RPC-1 (Region-Free) Update Available

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  1. irmongoose macrumors 68030

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    The notorious Matsushita UJ-857(D) firmware has at last been cracked, thanks to ben11 from rpc1.org. He has released region-free updates for the HAEA, HBEA, KBVB, and KCVB revisions.

    Before I provide the download links, here's the obligatory disclaimer:

    WARNING: DO NOT DOWNLOAD IF YOU ARE UNCONFIDENT ABOUT THE FLASHING PROCESS. IF ANYTHING GOES WRONG YOU ARE LIABLE FOR DRIVE REPAIR. THE FOLLOWING IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND IS NOT WARRANTED. FLASHING YOUR DRIVE IS IN VIOLATION OF APPLECARE TERMS


    Now, take these steps before you do anything:

    1. Check that you have a UJ-857 or UJ-857D drive with revisions HAEA, HBEA, KBVB, or KCVB. This can be done by going to the Apple Menu>About This Mac>More Info. This will open up System Profiler. Click on ATA and the Model number and Revision number will be listed. If it looks OK proceed to step 3.

    2. If you have a UJ-857(D) drive but the revision number is NOT one of the four listed (HAEA, HBEA, KBVB, or KCVB), then you have not applied the Superdrive Update 2.1 which Apple released in June. You will need to apply this update BEFORE PROCEEDING. This update is no longer available from Apple so you can download it here. Once you have done so, proceed to step 3.

    3. Download DVDInfoX to check whether you have a region set. YOU MUST HAVE PLAYED A DVD IN THIS DRIVE AND SET A REGION IN ORDER TO PROCEED. A correctly set drive will produce something along the lines of this using DVDInfoX:

    If "State" is "SET", you are ready to flash your drive.

    4. Download the correct RPC-1 (Region-Free) update.

    UJ-857 Revision HAEA

    UJ-857 Revision HBEA

    UJ-857D Revision KBVB

    UJ-857D Revision KCVB.

    5. Read the included README and then proceed to opening the "Update to region free" application. The process will start immediately. DO NOT INTERRUPT THE FLASHING IN ANY WAY - it will result in a broken drive. Also, there are only a certain number of times the drive can be flashed so be very very careful. I suggest you restart the computer and shut down any other application that is running before you run the update - just to be safe.

    One note: the flashing will probably hang at 60%, and then again at 90%. This is normal. Just be patient and let it finish. Do not panic and do anything stupid.

    6. If everything goes well, the flashing will finish and it will ask you to restart. Once you have done that, you can open DVDInfoX and check that the drive has been flashed. A correctly flashed drive will show something along these lines:

    7. That's it. Make sure to download Region X to change the region of the drive before you play DVDs. The drive is region-free, but you must still change the region manually to play DVDs from different regions.

    Hope that helps, I know I'm glad that this is now available. I can confirm that it worked successfully on my Rev.A BlackBook.

    Happy flashing!



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  2. ale500 macrumors regular

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  3. shonuf69 macrumors newbie

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    matshita uj 857e

    Hi.

    i recently purchased a white intel macbook and the details say that the drive is a matshita uj 857e... will the firmware upgrade work on this drive too?

    thanks.
    Dave
     
  4. irmongoose thread starter macrumors 68030

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    No, the update for the E is not yet available.



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  5. Jasonbot macrumors 68020

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    Is this basically a luck of the draw thing. I see my imac doesn't have one of those drives. Are they in specific macs or am I just unfortunate?
     
  6. irmongoose thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Simply put, no one has yet put the time to make an upgrade for that drive yet.



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    Doesn't the absolute genius who creates the patch need a firmware update from Apple first to create the patch? The next time Apple issues a firmware update for your drive, ben11 will probably (hopefully) issue a new patcher for it. AFAIK, the firmware cannot be read from the drive.
     
  9. ruskiwi macrumors member

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    Works great!

    Just flashed my MBP's UJ-857 and it works great! Thanks ben11!!! :D
     
  10. blackslayer macrumors regular

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    Hi, can i confirm with you guys that MBP with MATSHITADVD-R UJ-857E don't work with this update right? and my revision is ZA0E.
     
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    Wow, congratulations to everyone who was involved in this patch. As mentioned in the first post, it's a notorious drive.
     
  12. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Does anyone have a working link for DVDInfo X? I can't seem to find one...
     
  13. shonuf69 macrumors newbie

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    so is there a chance that a firmware update for the uj-857e will be released in the near future? or do we think this is something that will take a while?
     
  14. irmongoose thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I have put up DVDInfoX on my iDisk. Download it here.


    To answer others' questions: There is no RPC-1 update available for the 857E at this time. One thing that made the update for the 857(D) possible is that Apple released a firmware update (an update for technical issues, not to flash to region-free) for those drives, giving a base for ben11 to work off of to create the region-free flash. Unless someone has devoted an extensive amount of time to create the flash from scratch, or unless Apple releases an official firmware upgrade, the 857E probably won't see an RPC-1 update.



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  15. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Thanks mate. Looks like the update worked for me :)
     
  16. preyan macrumors 6502

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    Help me download Super Drive 2.1

    Hey guys,

    I need to update my Superdrive and can't find the software anywhere??? The link posted above goes to Rapidshare and it says that the download limit has been reached for the day. Is there another website that I can download Superdrive 2.1 from? I've searched google but to no avail?

    I would sincerely appreciate anyones assistance. Thanks! :)

    My drive details are as follows:

    Vendor: MATSHITA
    Model: DVD-R UJ-857D
    Firmware: KBV9 (needs to be updated to KBVB)

    Much appreciated!
     
  17. preyan macrumors 6502

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    Installing the KBVB Firmware

    Guys,

    Ok, I finally downloaded that SuperDrive Update 2.1. Yay! Now, before I begin, I want all my info at hand. I downloaded the KBVB firmware. How do I go about installing it? I dont see a APP or DMG file? Anyone?

    Thanks a mill ya'll! ;)
     
  18. Taylor C macrumors 6502a

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    Worked flawlessly for me, I did this yesterday. :cool:
     
  19. netdog macrumors 603

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    I ran DVDinfoX and it just said that drives must have write capabilities and must have no media inserted to list the drives. That said, my drive was empty and it listing nothing on my MBP 2.33 C2D.

    Also, when I go into system info, it doesn't tell me the vendor. It just says the following and sees it as a DVDRW hanging off of the ATA:


    HL-DT-ST DVDRW GWA4080MA:

    Model: HL-DT-ST DVDRW GWA4080MA
    Revision: AE39
    Serial Number: K546CND4959
    Detachable Drive: No
    Protocol: ATAPI
    Unit Number: 0
    Socket Type: Internal
    Low Power Polling: Yes
     
  20. ale500 macrumors regular

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    preyan:

    Did you download the zip file called SuperDriveFWUpdate.dmg.zip ?

    Uncompress it... leaves a .dmg file, and from there execute the only application...

    I hope it works... It did for me :-D :apple:
     
  21. displaced macrumors 65816

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    Netdog, your drive isn't a Matsushita drive. It's a HL (Hitachi-LG) drive... so you'd have to look elsewhere for a region-free hack.
     
  22. preyan macrumors 6502

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    Apologies, was me getting frantic for nothing. Mine worked like a charm!:)
    Thanks to ben11!!! We luuurv you man!:cool:
    Oh, and thanks to irmongoose as well for the step by step guide!!! My Macbook is now officially everything I've ever wanteD!!!
     
  23. arpesenti macrumors newbie

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    When I have applied Superdriver Firmware Update 2.1, it have killed my superdrive. My sistem profiler says:

    MATSHITADVD-R UJ-857D:

    Modello: MATSHITADVD-R UJ-857D
    Revisione: 0032
    Numero di serie:
    Unità amovibile: No
    Protocollo: ATAPI
    Numero unità: 0
    Tipo di socket: Interno
    Polling a bassa potenza: No

    Can I force flash rpc-1 firmware? How can I know my revision?
    Thank you

    PS: excuse me for my bad english...
     
  24. trymymac macrumors newbie

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    Thanks

    Thanks for the instructions, my Macbook drive is now flashed and region free which is fantastic as I travel a lot and get really pissed off not being able to buy DVDs wherever I want! Don't see the point of those restrictions at all since it drives people into having to download stuff illegally (e.g. not all Films are released in all countries!). And many many thanks to those people who take the time to write these codes. You are my heros!

    :apple:

    Happy DVD shopping - world wide!
     
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