Hi Albert: Thank you for your reply.
#1. Yes, I stand corrected. I used the terms rather loosely, shows how unfamiliar I am on the subject. I used the binflash Scan button (-scan option equivalent) in the GUI version. It did not display any firmware version, showed the same screen info that I posted here under #5 before flashing the drive. So I did not know how to proceed.
#2. I was not aware of the Windows 7 issue. I tried to follow faithfully the instructions given here and elsewhere. Probably should have read up more posts I guess to find out about this. Can I get hold of an RPC2 firmware that does what you mentioned for DVD drive in question? I could not find the same in Liggy’s page.
#3. I do have the dump of the firmware. Should I post it somewhere in the forum? Can I find out the version number from it?
[QUOTE=Albert;2728533]First: firmware isn’t the same thing as an operating system driver. Firmware, in this case, is the stuff running on the drive allowing it to control itself at a basic level. Just for future reference. (That means the driver version you listed is just the version of a generic Windows driver, and doesn’t reflect the firmware version you had on your drive beforehand.)
Second: Windows 7 STRONGLY prefers RPC2 drives. You are better off using the RPC2 firmware that automatically resets the region change counter upon reboot.
Third: it might be worth it to find out what firmware version your drive actually had, as it could be newer than the 1.01 firmware you downloaded, and maybe it could be useful to others to have the newer version. And be sure to have a copy that old firmware in a safe place.[/QUOTE]