Dead Mitsumi CR-4808 (TE?)

Guys,

About a year ago my Mitsumi CR-4808 TE (?) CD-RW is dead after using for one year: it constantly flash when trying to read a disk, which it was never able to. I have replaced it with a Verbatim CD-RW and have no problem since then (except for the $30 Cyndyne mail-in rebate! :slight_smile: ).

I am wondering if it was because that the firmware within the Mitsumi drive was hacked by viruses or scripts? If so, can I recover it and donate the drive to one of my friends?

Cheers,
Gus