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Problem updating Sony DVD R/W firmware?


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#1 okiewild

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 08:41 AM

One of the last things I need to do before inserting the new Windows 7 installer disk and blowing out all the old XP stuff on my C drive is back up several big folders on my D drive. (Long story.) After numerous diagnostics on why none of my DVD burning software would copy the folders without failing, the option left was to update the firmware for this old (2005) Sony DW-D22A. Went to the Sony site and downloaded the updater. Running it results in: "This update is not intended for use with your computer model."

 

They recommend modifying the Windows>model.txt file to correct the contents. But mine appears to already have correct contents:

Model = "D865GBF_"
DeviceID = LITE-ON DVD SOHD-167T 9S1B
DeviceID = SONY DVD RW DW-D22A BYS2
 
The first is my mobo, and the other two are correct numbers for both internal drives. Any tips here?


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Posted 13 October 2013 - 04:28 PM

More Googling reveals that the matter of DVD drives and what firmware works and where it is located ... is kind of a mess. Turns out that Sony's firmware techs assume the DW-D22A was only installed in VAIO computers and nothing else. I believe I've answered my own question by tracking down the following thread. Although, I have NOT yet tested the updater discussed.

 

http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/312424



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Posted 14 October 2013 - 12:36 PM

A quick question or two if I can?

Is the D: drive a separate drive?

If So just unplug it and it can not touched, Not that the Windows 7 installer should touch it anyway.

 

What Software fails? Try Imgburn from http://www.imgburn.com/

Direct link is: http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download

Guides are here: http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=guides for burning

Guide for all else: http://forum.imgburn.com/index.php?/forum/4-guides/

 

4.2.19 Check For Firmware Updates...

From time to time, drive makers test additional brands of DVD discs and then update their firmware with new write strategies for those newly tested discs, enabling their drives to work with more brands of DVD discs.

This function will help you to see if there is a new firmware available for your drive. You need to be connected to the Internet in order for it to work. The program searches 'Firmware HQ' and shows you available firmware updates for your selected drive. It also shows you the current installed firmware version.

You would start Imgburn, Click Write files/folder to disc, Then tools / drive / check for firmware updates.

I will mention that this is free and is what I use to burn CDs, DVDs, and BluRays. My drives will burn all of these, Yours will not burn BluRay disks.

Worth a try?

 

Good Luck

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What happens is there an error code?


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Posted 14 October 2013 - 06:06 PM

Heck yeah worth a try. Better than trying firmware updates from unofficial sites. The previous failed burns generated "illegal disc" messages. There are several possible reasons for this, and I worked my way down the list to "old firmware." Doesn't mean that's carved in stone however.

 

Yes a separate drive but inside the same tower as C. D is also location of My Documents and the paging file, but for now only the old XP OS. So it won't matter when I put Win 7 on the C. 

 

I'll report back on results your suggestions.



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Posted 15 October 2013 - 12:27 AM

This finally helped me get firmware completely updated. ImgBurn went farther with the backup but ultimately failed. Msg text:

 

I/O Error!

Device: [3:0:0] SONY DVD RW DW-D22A BYS6 (F:) (ATA)

ScsiStatus: 0x02

Interpretation: Check Condition

CDB: 2A 00 00 00 00 20 00 00 20 00

Interpretation: Write (10) - Sectors: 32-63

Sense Area: 70 00 05 00 00 00 00 0A 00 00 00 00 2C 00 00 00 00 00

SK Interpretation: Illegal Request

ASC/ASCQ Interpretation: Command Sequence Error



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Posted 15 October 2013 - 08:30 AM

It was worth a try.

 

Looks like it is either time to try a new drive or disks.

 

Lets look at the disks. You would start Imgburn, Click Write files/folder to disc, Then under the Device Tab you will see information. For example:

Physical Format Information (ADIP):
Disc ID: MCC-004-00
Book Type: DVD+R
Part Version: 1
Disc Size: 120 mm
Maximum Read Rate: Not Specified
Number of Layers: 1
Track Path: Parallel Track Path (PTP)
Linear Density: 0.267 um/bit
Track Density: 0.74 um/track
First Physical Sector of Data Area: 196,608
Last Physical Sector of Data Area: 498,175
Last Physical Sector in Layer 0: 0

 

 

I'm also curious what Disks You are using. The Disks You are using may not be good or the drive doesn't like them.

My First DVD burner was a Sony dru-500a.

Your specs show, 48x (CD) / 8x (DVD-R) / 16x (DVD+R) / 2.4x (DVD+R DL). Are You using a DVD+R disk. I like Verbatim, Non Life series.

 

Good Luck

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 10:11 AM

Roger, I also have wondered about my disks. The reason is that it's a new package of Memorex DVD-Rs, and even though they have all (four so far) failed, I have no problem burning Sony CD-Rs in that same drive! I'll run the test you recommended tonight. (Their label says DVD minus R, although I remember ImgBurn recognizing it as a DVD plus/minus R, whatever that means.)

 

We're having a family event tonight, so my reply here may be delayed.



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Posted 15 October 2013 - 02:25 PM

ImgBurn tells me this about the Memorex DVDs with variations from your example in bold (I don't know how to interpret this):

 

Physical Format Information (Last Recorded):
Disc ID: 0@P-!-00
Book Type: DVD-R
Part Version: 5
Disc Size: 120 mm
Maximum Read Rate: Not Specified
Number of Layers: 1
Track Path: Parallel Track Path (PTP)
Linear Density: 0.267 um/bit
Track Density: 0.74 um/track
First Physical Sector of Data Area: 196,608
Last Physical Sector of Data Area: 0
Last Physical Sector in Layer 0: 0
 
As I post this, I'm also in the process of using Google to find tips on how to diagnose possible bad DVD-Rs.


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Posted 15 October 2013 - 03:17 PM

The Disk ID looks munged. That is definitely not what should be showing. Could be disk is not compatible or could be the drive. If You decide to get a new drive You mahev to get a External USB drive. I looked where I buy and they did not have and IDE DVD burners.

 

 

Memorex disks can be good or bad, it depends who made them. Memorex as I understand it do not make their own. Sony Disks are a decent Grade B media and work OK for my Brother.

These for example are usually good

http://www.meritline.com/taiyo-yuden-8x-dvd-r-white-inkjet-printable---p-18322.aspx

and these are what I use for DVDs. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817507003

And These are what I use for BluRay. Note that You can't use them I just put them in for reference.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817130156

 

Also the Japanese Media when it can be found seems to be the best.

 

Have You tried burning at 2x or 4X speed?

 

Good Luck

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 12:03 AM

Burning at 4x or 2x is the next thing on my list. Thanks for the help. Will report.



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 11:07 PM

Woohoo! I set it for 2x and kicked off the burn. Then I noticed error indicators in the realtime logging window. I was all set to see it fail again, but it kept on trucking. I read the indicators and realized the software discovered the DVD drive wasn't designed to burn at less than 4x, so it bumped my initial 2x up to 4x and successfully burned all the data (yes verification was on). I was able to free up a lot of space on the D drive as working room while I go through this upgrade. ImgBurn is now on my cool tool list. Being able to know exactly what's happening is a very good feature.

 

Somewhere down the road I'll have to do something about my DVD drive that only wants to burn backups at 4x! 



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 01:22 PM

I'm glad to hear something worked. As I mentioned I use Imgburn for all my burning needs.

 

Thank You for reporting back

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