[QUOTE=coolcolors;2016753]I am not sure where you got your info on the part “2.” and “3.” But there are replacement drives out there for notebooks you have to do some work and find them. For number three is really a stretch if I have to say so myself. Companies that sell the notebooks and laptops have firmware updates for their hardware otherwise why would they have updates on their sites. You know aftermarkets makers of notebook and laptop slim drives do have firmware updates to their units…so to say they don’t is misleading…[/QUOTE]
You asked for part 2 and 3
For example, to use the TEAC DV-W24E or DV-W28E in a Samsung P30 Notebook you need the 09NK BIOS update. Check this: http://www.samsungpc.com/products/p30_p35/p30_p35_bios/p30_bios.htm
This is only one example I know very good, and have an appropriate link…
Most Notebook manuafacturers offers only firmware updates for ODDs if there is a real compatibility problem i.e. with a copy protected game or DVD viedo compatibility issues. The Notebook ODD manufacturers does not offer firmware for the drive. You can try to find firmware for TEAC, Panasonic or TSST on their websites. I don’t think you’ll find one.
If your notebook manufacturer updates the firmware of your drive than you are very lucky, this is unusual, since the drive manufacturer demands money from the notebook manufacturer for the firmware updates. And that is the easies way to save money.
If you got firmware updates for your notebook drive, I’d get exactly the same drive to have the great frimware support for the future. My notebook ODD still has the original firmware from the day I bought my notebook.