arfmonger wrote:Careful with that drive- I updated the firmware and screwed it up. Apparently the firmware available from samsung can not
be used for this drive, and cendyne offers no firmware for it.
I think that there may be a workaround (emphasis on "may"). Since the SW-248F uses Ricoh's chipsets (it has JustLink buffer underrun protection), you will need to get the latest version of Ricoh's flash updater (RFlash) and Samusng's latest firmware binary for the SW-248F.
First, you'll need to use the RFlash utility to back up your current firmware. Use the Samsung binary file as the source file. The flashing in this instance will not
update your firmware (if you look at the progress at the bottom, you should see where the backup completes, but the flashing "races" through to completion).
Once you back it up, save a copy of it in another location (in case of emergency). Remember the names of the backup's and Samsung's binary files. Keep RFlash and both binaries in the same folder.
Second, use RFlash once again to update the firmware . Select your drive as the target drive, and select the Samsung binary as the source file. But... before you press "Start" on RFlash, change the name of Samsung's binary to the name of the backup binary and vice versa. Keep the name of Samsung's binary file as the source file in RFlash (the file name is cached at this point). Press "Start." The flashing will begin. If you are successful with the flash update, reboot your machine. You'll have successfully converted your OEM firmware to Samsung's firmware.
The idea came from here
Disaster recovery: Should anything fail, you should be able to reflash your drive with RFlash and the backup binary from the alternate location. The Samsung flash utility may work with this backup binary as well.
Note: I'm saying that this may
work for the Samsung because I just helped a friend update an OEM AOpen CRW5224. Before the update, this burner would not accept AOpen's firmware. After the update, the burner is recognized as an AOpen-brand burner, and it accepts AOpen's firmware updates (by using RFlash).
Disclaimer: Use this method at your own risk. I cannot be held responsible for a flash update that goes bad or for an inoperable drive after a flash.