rpl8(8) System Manager’s Manual rpl8(8)
rpl8 – Firmware loader for DVD drives
rpl8 /dev/cdrom [-[dump-only]|firmwarefile]
rpl8 is a program for Linux 2.4 and upwards that uploads firmware to
DVD drives (mostly DVD+RW).
rpl8 stands for RICOH Program Loader 8, though it also supports Program
The program never updates Program Loader code so that you should always
be able to downgrade your firmware in case something goes wrong.
So far rpl8 has been tested with the following:
* HP dvd100i
* Ricoh MP5120A
* Philips DVDRW208
* HP dvd200i
To run rpl8 correctly, make sure you have no media in drive. Option‐
ally go to single user mode and reboot after uploading the new
Only backs up the firmware. Note that you might have to reboot
even after this.
Getting messages like this is “normal”
ide-scsi: Strange, packet command initiated yet DRQ isn’t
rpl8 is in public domain.
This manual page was written by Elias Kunnas
for the Debian project (but may be used by others).
15 September 2005 rpl8(8)