07-04-2006 05:22 AM
Re: Sony DW-Q58A DVD Drive Firmware
Great news!! After a lot of trial and error, I theorized that maybe the Dell Inspiron 6000 disables the Secondary Master/Slave IDE ports when it doesn't detect anything. I couldn't put the drive in a tower pc case cuz of the PAE 50pin port being different from a 80pin IDE cable, and I didn't feel like going out and buying one. So I borrowed my friend's laptop and found out his DVD drive was the same size and shape and mines. I installed his drive in my laptop, booted the computer to dos with a usb drive, then switched the drive with my dead drive. To my surprise, mtkflash detected a drive there (it freezes when scanning ports, but at least it didn't say "cannot initial IDE port"). I then typed in the mtkflash prompt "mtkflash 3 w /b /m uds1_new.bin" and it started flashing! After flashing what appears to be 15 or so banks, the drive blinks, ejects, and WORKS! Sorry for my long story, but I'm just overexcited as I was stuck with this drive for days. Thank you for those who made mtkflash and saving us from buying new drives.