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pxfw(8) System Manager's Manual pxfw(8)


pxfw - Firmware flashing tool for Plextor CD/DVD devices


pxfw -l
pxfw -d DEVICE [-if firmware.bin] [-u] [-f] [-v]
pxfw -d DEVICE [-e] [-r] [-t] [-v]


pxfw is the linux firmware flasher for Plextor CD and DVD drives. Remove any disks before flashing.


You can flash the firmware of these drives:
Plextor Premium, Premium-2, PX-712, PX-716, PX-755 and PX-760.


can be an IDE, SCSI, SATA, USB or FireWire connected optical drive. Not all SATA controller support all Plextor features.

/dev/hdX: IDE device
/dev/scdX: Linux 2.4: SATA, SCSI, USB device, or IDE device via ide-scsi emulation
/dev/srX: Linux 2.6: IDE device via new ATA layer, SCSI or USB device


/dev/cd: SCSI device
/dev/acd: ATA device

MacOS X:

C:,D:,E:, ... X:,Y:,Z:


-l scan busses for all available CD and DVD devices

-if select inputfile. Specify the firmware binary file, which should be written to DEVICE.

-u proceed update. When the firmware checksum test has succeeded, write firmware to DEVICE.

-f force flashing. Even if DEVICE is not recognized, or firmware. checksum has failed, firmware writing will be forced. Handle with care.

-e read EEPROM from DEVICE.

-r reboot the device.

-t test which opcodes are supported by the device.

-v debug.


pxfw -d /dev/hdc -if 755_1.07.bin -u
writes firmware file 755_1.07.bin into Master Drive on Secondary IDE-Port.

pxfw -d /dev/sr3 -e -oe
reades EEPROM from device /dev/sr3 and writes it to please report man page improvements to

26 Feb 2014