Beware- updating firmware causes heart palpitations

vbimport

#1

Just upgraded my 411s to FSOK from FSOF.

On reboot, WINDOWS came up, but frozen.
Powered off and rebooted, Did not even make it to Windows.
Incomprehensible error message…63 year old heart pounding
with visions of a F$@#ed up BIOS or something.

Powered off/Powered on everything came up ok so far.

Is this a common experience ?

Running XP Home on a stock DELL 8200.


#2

Just upgraded my 411s to FSOK from FSOF.

On reboot, WINDOWS came up, but frozen.
Powered off and rebooted, Did not even make it to Windows.
Incomprehensible error message…63 year old heart pounding
with visions of a F$@#ed up BIOS or something.

Powered off/Powered on everything came up ok so far.

Is this a common experience ?

Not common, but it does happen and it is a little scary. The problem stems from the fact when you upgrade the drive’s firmware, Windows XP recognizes it as a brand new device. The problem seems to stem from the fact that remnants of the old device (e.g., the same drive, but with the old firmware) are still hanging around in the registry. After a reboot or two, the problem almost always disappears. Some people on this forum have previously suggested a simple procedure to avoid this problem, although personally, I don’t think that it’s worth the bother:

  1. Upgrade the firmware.
  2. Go to the Control Panel and under System/Hardware/Device Manager, find the DVD burner and uninstall it. Windows generates a warning that you are removing a device from your system.
  3. Close the Device Manager and Control Panel and shut down Windows normally.
  4. Turn the computer back on and Windows should automatically find the DVD burner and reinstall it.