Im dvd burner retarded. Now that thats out in the open, we can continue.
Very new to the DVD scene. After reading reviews here, had to get myself the LG 4163. Because Im so poor I went with the barebones OEM type.
Arrives. Ready to install it on my old P3 500mhz. Went in fine. Even got to watch a DVD on it. Shocked that it would roll on my p3 500mhz 128mb of mem. Expected to religate it to family pc use only.
Read on the forums about firmware and decided I should upgrade as I do with all my other components. Followed the A103 instructions as best I could but something er other failed and it froze.
I then try again, no go. Ok, so I figure time to cut my losses, uninstall, reinstall the original stuff, and at least have a working drive.
Clear out everything via uninstalls. Ripped out all my other devices, drives, took them out of task manager too. Set up the LG all by itself and start the install process over again.
This, of course, did squat. The drive shows in Windows but you cant do anything with it. (wont fire up, nothing) At this point I have a very stylish but annoying paperweight.
Ive read and reread posts here and it seems LGs are very picky when doing firmware. Sadly, my Dell is just as picky when it comes to CS vs. Master so Im kinda stuck. (even if I am able to ressurrect my drive from the dead)
So here are my thoughts/questions.
1 Am I SOL because I didnt have the jumper to CS which may have frozen the update (which in the read me suggests it trashes the drive)?
2 If by some miracle I am not. What steps are recommended to fix this mess.
3 Since it very much feels like playing Russian roulette to me, why on earth if I do get out of this nightmare do I ever try Firmware updates again?
4 Any other tips/thoughts/ideas to help save myself from myself (and my stupidity) in the future?
Ok, Ive bothered you guys long enough. Feel free to bash,belittle,insult and ridicule me, the ultra noob, all you want... just so long as you offer at least one bit of help.