A flurry of questions, since I am not sure where to begin.
Dumping the firmware from the DVD drive seems to be the easy part, step 1. Once I am sitting here holding a .bin of the DVD firmware, does anyone have any spec sheets or CPU manuals for the DVD drive? Anyone know what kind of CPU is on the DVD drive? I am familiar mostly with Motorola and Atmel assembly neumatics.
Where to start?
This is my old satellite modifiying web-site, please forgive me, I have 40 gigs free bandwidth each month for file storage. I have found in my experience on the satellite side of testing, that manufacturers will often REMOVE valuable documentation from their web-site at the request of their larger customers. I encourage you to hoard as much as this information from corporate web-sites as you can while it is available!
I have created a shared repository for CPU documents and such. Please PM me if you have valuable spec sheets, etc. to add and I will get it added to the repository for everyone to share. Please let me know if there is a better way to share than this.http://westcoastmods.com/ShareFile/
*List of current documents in the repository:
Panasonic 32-bit AM3 (MN103 equivalent?) microcomputer brochure: A00013TE04.pdf
Panasonic MN1030/MN103S Series Instruction Manual: 13250-040e.pdf (Submitted by StonerSmurf, link below in this thread)
*List of other valuable repositories:
Panasonic home for many various model MN103 manuals:https://www.semicon.panasonic.co.jp/cgi-bin/micom/manual/download/dwld_series.cgi?email=general&mode=general&lang=2&type=0
MN103 On-board serial programming manuals!:https://www.semicon.panasonic.co.jp/e-micom/manual/download/index.html