Well so far tried reflashing with different versions of MKTFlash and even tried the MKTflash C command to see if the drive was attached and I got the following message:
Err: Fail to initial IDE port please reboot PC
Not helpful LOL
I sent an email to Samsung Support in the UK and here's their reply to me:
Thank you for contacting Samsung Electronics.
In response to your query regarding the flash you performed on your V25
notebook's optical drive, please be aware that we can offer no support
on this update. This update is not approved by Samsung, in fact we do
not recommend updating the firmware of any device unless you have been
advised to do so by Samsung.
I advise you to contact a repair centre, as we do not have any default
firmwares for optical drives available to end users. You can contact
Digicare on 08701125440 or Romtronics on 0208 421 0101.[/I]
The update in question was from Softpedia's website listing a number of firmware updates for a number of Samsung products.
Anyway I'll keep on trying!!!!!!!!