DO NOT BIOS UPDATE YOUR PX-716SA
This is serious! Don’t update your Plextor SATA DVDRW drive.
On April 27,05, I comfirmed with Plextor tech support that their BIOS update link for PX-716SA is bad.
The link actually leads to a BIOS for PX-716A, it actually makes you think it is one BIOS for all 716XX drive, including USB-external and SATA versions. This is wrong!!
If you flash it with your 716SA, it will change the BIOS to 716A (PATA ver.), and the drive cannot read DVD anymore. Reading CD seems still working but buggy.
Poor me flashed it, and called tech support and they comfirmed it is a mistake. I actually went to Plextor.co.jp (Plextor Japan, where the Plextor was originally engineered) to look for a correct BIOS, and the Jap site has the same error linking problem.
The mistake is there since the 1.04 version of BIOS. There is no internet link where I can find the old version for the SATA DVDRW drive.
My first call to Plextor, tech-sup told me that they will replace it for free, since they don’t have any correct version of BIOS for 716SA. They will pay for the shipping by arranging UPS pick up as well. I accpeted it, and then I regreted about it right after I hung up the phone. Becaus I could end up getting an RAM drive (Refurb). Hell, NO!
So I called the Plextor tech-sup again, and after all the troublesome, the supervisor promised me a brand new drive will be specially requested to ship it to me. No advance replacement tho!
I don’t get this: almost after one (1) month of releasing the new driver, on one have found out about this??
Bottom line: The plextor tech sup said they will work with Plextor’s webmaster ASAP to remove the links for all PX-716SA update (I hope so). How sad there is never a working BIOS for 716SA on internet.
Please let me know if anyone out there have similar problem. This is the first and only post I will make, so please pass on the message, because I don’t know when Plextor will update their error web link.
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