I just got a floppy drive and a floppy disk for my laptop to do this for your sake (and mine) so I hope it works and I hope you feel special because I normally don’t get to do this. I used AUTOQSI2 from the link posted by babychar2002 on a boot floppy and dumped the firmware in BIN format using MTKFLASH.
I’m not sure how successful this will be, but I figured using MTKFLASH to write it back to the drive would be alright. Don’t blame me if the drive dies or anything. Use your own judgement. And I think it might be safer to use the AUTOQSI package from the link given by babychar2002 (http://etna.rpc1.org/qsi/) and follow the instructions to make your own boot disk to flash it.
To flash a drive:
MTKFLASH “x” W /B filename.bin
Where “x” is a number from 1 to 4:
1: Primary master
2: Primary slave
3: Secondary master
4: Secondary slave
W is to write a firmware to the flashrom.
/B is to tell the program that the input file is a binary file.
filename.bin is just an example. Write the name of your firmware file here.
Complete guide can be found here: http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=42502&highlight=mtkflash+guide
When you download, there is two parts. Remove the .zip at the end because it is a two part rar file (due to forum storage and filesize limitations). Then unrar. Winrar can be found at www.rarlabs.com
This is the firmware that came with the SBW-242B that’s in my Excel/Clevo D410J Laptop. It is able to write CD-RW at 24x (not 10x as earlier firmwares) and I think this might be the latest on the net (as I put it up as of now).
I have also attached a screenshot just to show you the drive ID and capabilities in action.
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