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How do you undo firmware update?

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  • DVD Writers
  • DVD Burner
  • Firmware
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June 20, 2009 5:19:51 AM

I flashed my dvd burner with a newer firmware (from Dell's website) and it fudged up my dvd burner. How do I roll back to an earlier one? The drive is not recognized anywhere (disk management, my computer, device manager, etc.)

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June 20, 2009 9:22:23 AM

Flash it again with the older one??
Otherwise replace??:) 
a b G Storage
June 20, 2009 3:34:37 PM

If this is the first time you've been burned - or burned yourself - by doing a (optional?) firmware update, just consider it a valuable lesson learned for only $25 or so.
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a b G Storage
June 21, 2009 6:41:56 AM

If you've restarted your computer already and your computer didn't recognise the drive during POST, then I'm sorry to say the drive is FUBAR.
You can still reflash the drive with older firmware if you haven't restarted the computer yet I think.

Hot flashing optical drive... nnyone heard of it being done before? (just wondering)
a b G Storage
June 21, 2009 1:29:45 PM

wuzy said:

You can still reflash the drive with older firmware if you haven't restarted the computer yet I think.

Pretty sure not. The BIOS needs to be able to recognize the device. Otherwise, the flash utility doesn't know where to send the data.
a b G Storage
June 21, 2009 10:08:26 PM

jsc said:
Pretty sure not. The BIOS needs to be able to recognize the device. Otherwise, the flash utility doesn't know where to send the data.

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You can still reflash the drive with older firmware if you haven't restarted the computer yet I think.

You can. I'm just not 100% sure about optical drives.
a b G Storage
June 21, 2009 11:02:59 PM

^Correct.You can hot flash a PC BIOS not sure about DVD RW, etc.

Anyways, why would you update firmware in a DVD RW any ways?
a b G Storage
June 21, 2009 11:58:53 PM

Dunno if it can work, but one reason would be to try to bypass usage restrictions.
a b G Storage
June 22, 2009 1:19:42 AM

I flashed mine for the purpose of getting better burn qualities through the range of different blank disks and to get RPC1.
What's puzzling is Dell website providing those firmwares. They could be directly from Lite-on, Samsung, NEC...etc. depending on the ODM of the optical drive used.
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