New firmwares available

The following Firmwares have just been added to our site:

All firmwares are available in unmodified versions and with bitsetting and RPC1 patches.

The only firmware that has been tested so far is the AD-7173A firmware with bitsetting and RPC1 patch. In order to flash an AD-5170A, AD-7170A or AD-7173A on an SI-0680 controller in Windows, I found a way to force a device to PIO mode which is required for the afore mentioned drives. There is a registry setting that allows changing the max. allowed IDE mode for a device attached to the SI0680. It is located under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\PnP680\ProblemDevices. Here you can add a string value (type REG_SZ) with the name of your drive and the value “MaxMode = PIO-3”. In order to add these values, you can use one of the following commands:
For the AD-5170A:
reg add HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\PnP680\ProblemDevices /v "Optiarc DVD RW AD-5170A" /t REG_SZ /d "MaxMode = PIO-3"
For the AD-7170A:
reg add HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\PnP680\ProblemDevices /v "Optiarc DVD RW AD-7170A" /t REG_SZ /d "MaxMode = PIO-3"
For the AD-7173A:
reg add HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\PnP680\ProblemDevices /v "Optiarc DVD RW AD-7173A" /t REG_SZ /d "MaxMode = PIO-3"

After adding the registry entry you will have to reboot. If none of the devices attached to the controller is used you can also remove and re-detect the controller in device manager. If you finished flashing, you should remove this registry entry again and reboot your machine.