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What version of Firmware is my Yamakawa using ?

The Yamakawa player, as most electronics with audio and video in your home, is running an embedded operating system, called firmware. Firmware is a piece of software helping you to control the player.

* Note that these secretcodes might not work with firmwares 4x and newer.

Tip: consider visiting the Yamakawa DVD group at Yahoo groups!

Yamakawa

Determine versions

If you don't know what you're doing, you probably should not fool around with it. It won't harm the player however to take a peek at the version information of the player. For a brief overview of the history of firmware versions, please a take a look at the bottom of this page.

Updating your Firmware is explained on the Yamakawa Update Firmware page, where you can also download more recent firmware versions.

Try this (with no disc inserted in the player) to see which version of firmware your player is using;

"SETUP" - "SLOW" - "SKIP LEFT" - "3"

* Note that this trick is not working with firmwares 4x and newer.

If you're not sure which keys on the remote you should use then take a look at the deatils found on the Remote Control page.

My Yamakawa 715 produced this as an answer:

Firmware version of my Yamakawa

A little piece of funky code isn't it? I'll try to explain what it all means.

Digit

Example

Meaning

1

F

Yamakawa model; F=715, D=713, B=711, G=705, R=703

2

*

Regioncode; either 1 to 6 for the region, or '*' if regioncode free

3

Y

Brand of the player; Y=Yamakawa, A=Kiss, M=Monyka, Q=Tokai, R=Raite

4

0

?

5

X

?

6

G

Language; G=German, F=French, E=English

7

P

TV-system; P=PAL (most parts of Europe) and N=NTSC (USA)

8

X

? Hardware revision ?

9

-

seperator

10

-

seperator

11 & 12

3H

Frimware version, 3H indicating version 5.3H

Version history

A brief overview of available firmware versions can be found in the tables below. Keep in mind that there are 4 models - the 713 and 715, with or without Scart. De abveration BT and CS stand for the chipsets used. Players without SCART use a BookTree chipset (BT-865A) and players with a SCART use a Cirrus Logic chipset (CS-4955).

Used terms and abverations:

  • LOOPHOLES - Trick in the setup menu to disable MacroVision and adjust Regiocode.

  • CTS FIX - Older firmware versions had trouble with Columbia TriStar DVD's.

  • MINI DVD - A CDR or CDRW with a DVD structure on it (the playback time will be much shorter!) created with software like DVDiT!.

  • SMART NAVI - Yamakawa's new navigation system, i.e. 3D menu's, icons, random MP3's playback, etc.

BT-Modells: Yamakawa 713 and 715 WITHOUT SCART
Version

Loop-
holes

Macro-
Vision
off?

Regio-
free?

Regio-
select?
Multi-session CD-Update CTS
Fix?
Mini DVD? Smart
Navi?
Remarks
0T
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
-
10
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
-
27
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
-
29
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
-
30
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
-
31
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
-
36
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
1e version with CDR(W) update
3B
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
3C - 713
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
713 only
3C - 715
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
715 only
3E - 715
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
715 only
3H beta
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
715 only
3H beta2
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
715 only
3H Final
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
715 only
3H - 713
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
713 only
42 - 715
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
715 only
A2 -713
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
713 only
A2 - 715
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
715 only
A3 - 713
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
713 only

 

CS-Modells: Yamakawa 713 and 715 WITH SCART
Version

Loop-
holes

Macro-
Vision
off?

Regio-
free?

Regio-
select?
Multi-session
CD-Update
CTS
Fix?
Mini DVD?
Smart
Navi?
Remarks
3F - 713
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
713 only
3F - 715
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
715 only
3G - 715
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
715 only
713 - 41
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
713 only
715 - 43
No
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
715 only
713 A2-Scart
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
713 only
715 A2-Scart
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
715 only
713 A2-Scart
(modified)
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
713 only
715 A2-Scart
(modified)
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
715 only


NOTES

1.

For the Raite RDR-202 DVDRom, a DVDRom-firmware update might be required !

2.

Macrovision remains a mystery on the 3E firmware. Somtimes it works, sometimes it doesn't ...

3.

It is still unclear how many 3H variants exsist.

4.

Updating SEG-firmware is very risky and unstable. It is very well possible that this is due to a bug in the write-routines.

5.
There are several patched firmwares out there that are not mentioned here.

So how can I be sure that the player I'm going to buy has the right firmware?

The best solution is the remote control code, as descibed above. Since you want to see the player in action before you buy it, it seems reasonable to test this right away.

Alternatively, you can peek at the label on the box and on the player. Above the bar-code you will find a serialnumber and a firmware version code. For example, mine has a frmware code 2.6H and a friend of min has a code 3.1H.
It is still possible that they have changed/updated the firmware anyway - check the remote control trick to make absolutely sure.

NEVER buy a player with a firmware code below 2.1g ! These are not updatable by simply inserting a CD, the must be manually "flashed" by Yamakawa.

Updating your Firmware is explained on the Yamakawa Update Firmware page.

Note: Updating the firmware is not without any risc, keep this in mind:

1. The player will SWITCH ITSELF OFF AUTOMATICALLY after an update, so don't do this manually!

2. If you damaged the player by a wrong update, Yamakawa is willing to repair this for a very fair price (about $40-$50), however, it's still a waste if money! You will need to contact the German company called Seditec.


 

 


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