Unless you forgot to mention some other information that may have caused this problem, it appears something went wrong went you flashed the drive.
There are a few things you can try before you give up.
Flash the drive again with the USOQ firmware from Liteon, make sure no other programs are running when you do this.
I assume either you had the USOJ or USON firmware before you upgraded.
You cannot go backwards with Liteon stock firmware, only forwards. That means even if you had the USON firmware available you would not be able to flash it (backwards).
There is a solution but I suggest you read thoroughly before you proceed.
You really have nothing to lose since you intend on replacing it anyhow, but would be nice to have a functioning backup unit.
Go Here and download the Omni Patcher v1.3.18
This is a program that will permit you to load an earlier firmware, and some customization, read the instructions and you should have no problems.
Now go here for older firmware, you can download both the USOJ and USON, make sure you choose the firmware in the Windows column, not the Binary, the W is an executable file and is much easier to work with. Scroll down the page until you reach the Liteon SOHW-812S
This is what it looks like:
-SOHW-812S (8X(+R) 4X(+RW) & 8X(-R)4X(-RW) & 40/24/40/12)
Binary Windows DOS
- US01 - Dated "2004/01/16 16:38" B - -
- US03 - Dated "2004/02/04 21:32" B - -
- US05 - Dated "2004/02/12 08:34" B - -
- US0A - Dated "2004/02/26 17:33" B W -
- US0F - Dated "2004/03/12 18:38" B W1/W2 -
- US0G - Dated "2004/03/22 16:31" B W -
- US0J - Dated "2004/04/14 11:17" B W -
- US0N - Dated "2004/05/14 18:19" B W -
- US0Q - Dated "2004/07/16 21:59" B W -
- UTS2 - Dated "2004/03/27 17:37" B - -
As bjkg mentioned the Liteon forum link offers a wealth of information on Liteon drives, I donâ€™t know the particular Sony model # you ordered from Newegg, but itâ€™s possible it is a rebadged Liteon with the Sony name.
Let us know if this works.