Upgrading the Firmware of CD DVD Drives

Updated 3/28/2011 by SuperMediaStore Staff

Why is it important to keep the firmware of your CD and DVD drives updated?


Just like your motherboard ’s BIOS, you can upgrade the firmware of your CD and DVD drives. The firmware upgrade can improve the efficiency of your drive, fix any bugs from previous firmware versions, remove region locking, and support a wider variety of media.
Being unable to use the optimized speed available for newer CD or DVD media is a common issue experienced by consumers. For example, if the maximum optimized speed available on your drive’s firmware is 4x but your newer blank DVDR Media can burn up to 8x, you will be limited to only 4x due to your firmware version. The good news is that this common problem can easily be fixed by upgrading your firmware. Even better, this upgrade is FREE!

You are linked to the manufacturer ’s website and can download the updated firmware if your drive maintains the ID string of your drive. The ID string is a piece of code that identifies the drive’s model and manufacturer to the operating system. However, if you don’t have this ID string, an alternative option is to download a free program / software that can identify your drive model and manufacturer. For your convenience, we have provided a link for you to download this free software. Some firmware can run under Windows directly and others can only run under DOS, thus they are executed differently.

 

Firmware Upgrade for Windows


1. Check the safety label on top of your drive to confirm the model name of your drive.

2. Download the correct file (if it is a zip file, unzip it.)

3. Stop all applications running under Windows.

4. Keep the power supply on without any interruption while the upgrade is being processed. 

5. Execute the upgrade execution file and select the drive you want to upgrade (only if you have more than one drive).

6. Upgrade (make sure there is no power interruption ) and reboot your system to finalize the firmware update.

 

Firmware Upgrade for DOS


1. Check the safety label on top of your drive to confirm the model name of your drive.

2. Download the correct file (if it is a zip file, unzip it.)

3. Reboot your PC and enter DOS mode.

4. Enter the directory containing the upgrade execution file.

5. Keep the power supply on without any interruption while the upgrade is being processed.

6. Execute the upgrade execution file and select the drive you want to upgrade (only if you have more than one drive).

7. Upgrade (must make sure no power interruption) and reboot your system to finalize the firmware update.

 

How often should you upgrade your firmware?


This depends on the manufacturer of your device, as there is no set schedule for firmware upgrades. We suggest that you periodically check the manufacturers ’ website for new firmware releases. Base on our experience, 90% of the consumers’ problems for CD / DVD burning or reading can be fixed by upgrading your firmware. Thus, the next time you run into a burning or reading error, try upgrading your firmware.