Thank you for your reply.
I have a Lite-on LTR 24102B drive sent to me by Gateway as a replacement for a dead Phillips CDRW drive. If you search this forum, you’ll see that others have this same drive from Gateway. Apparently, Lite-on LTR 24102B drives from Gateway use the 5GS5 firmware version.
I have downloaded and tried using the latest 5S5A.EXE file from the Lite-On download page but the program is not compatible with the firmware that is on my drive.
According to Lite-on, F/W 5GS5 is an OEM version and that I must get an upgrade from Gateway. Unfortunately, Gateway does not provide firmware upgrades for this drive. I have called them 2 times on this.
The problem is that when I use Roxio Easy CD Creator to create data CDs on Sony CD-R CDs, I get at least a few unreadable tracks. Easy CD Creator doesn’t notice that it sometimes fails to write the data and when I try to read the burned CD with various other CD/DVD drives, some of it is unreadable.
I was advised that upgrading the firmware might fix my compatibility problems. I can of course also buy a number of different brands of CD-Rs and keep testing until I find one that is compatible but this seems expensive and I’d rather try upgrading first.
A person on the Lite-on support discussion group suggested that 5S54 is a “good” release of the firmware. Perhaps he/she doesn’t think that is true of 5S5A, which is the latest.
I am not interested in overclocking the drive, but instead of having it work more reliably. I use the drive to burn CDs for my my software product that I sell. I also burn CDs to back up development source code. I of course have tape backup, source code control, etc. so I don’t exclusively rely on burning CDs for that.
After reading through various discussions on this forum, I have come to the conclusion that because the firmware version on my drive is 5GS5, the only way I can upgrade the firmware is to use MTKFlash with a binary file.
I have no problem creating a boot disk, opening the computer and detaching my DVD drive (just to be safe), copying files to a floppy drive and trying the MTKFlash program on the drive.
Unfortunately, I’m having trouble getting the binary file! I’ve searched the Internet and have found many download pages with 5S5A.EXE but just one location that has the 5S54.bin or 5S5A.bin. I would appreciate it if you could send me either file. I suppose I would prefer 5S54.bin because it was recommended over 5S5A.bin, but beggers can’t be choosers!
Otherwise, maybe I should uninstall PowerZip and instead download WinACE?
Thank you in advance for your help.