Optiarc CRX880A

I have this laptop drive in an Acer Aspire 5315.

Any word on firmware for the thing? With all the stuff I’ve read here on other drives about how many have hidden features disabled by OEMs, I wonder if there’s anything special about this one.

I didn’t find much on the drive searching the forum, or anywhere else online, but since Wal-Mart sold these laptops for $348 on a one day sale a week or two ago…

I also Have the same drive and its locked onto a region 2 any firmware to make region free

I haven’t found any firmware, official or otherwise. I’ve replaced mine with a drive that’s dual layer, dual format and even supports DVD-RAM- after replacing the crippled Dell firmware with original Toshiba-Samsung firmware.

no download.

[QUOTE=bizzybody;1932900]I have this laptop drive in an Acer Aspire 5315.

[B]Any word on firmware for the thing?[/B] With all the stuff I’ve read here on other drives about how many have hidden features disabled by OEMs, I wonder if there’s anything special about this one.

I didn’t find much on the drive searching the forum, or anywhere else online, but since Wal-Mart sold these laptops for $348 on a one day sale a week or two ago…[/QUOTE]

Firmware is on the drive and its still TOO NEW for possible updates.
http://www.sonynec-optiarc.com/products/slim_combo/index.html

There are generic CRX880A firmware updates now at this Sony page:
http://us.sonynec-optiarc.eu/en/support-service/downloads/fw_cd-writer-dv-series3.htm
(latest generic firmware version for this drive is KX11)

WARNING: The “generic” firmware updates may NOT work with a CRX880A drive bundled with major PC manufacturers like Dell/HP/Fujitsu and can put those drives out of commission

For those using the Sony Optiarc CRX880A drive on certain Dell laptops, just get the latest version from the Dell support site which is KD11:
http://support.us.dell.com/support/downloads/download.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&releaseid=R185912&formatcnt=1&libid=0&fileid=254002

Anyone got an Acer Aspire laptop that came with this drive to be a guinea pig?

Nothing on the site about what things are updated/fixed with that firmware. Exactly how Sony has done ever since they began making CD-ROM drives.

doesn’t seem like anyone else owns an Acer Aspire notebook that bundles the Sony CRX880A drive, bizzybody.

the CRX880A drive bundled on my mom’s Dell Inspiron E1405 laptop seemed to be working well so far. at least on the Dell support site, they do list the changes/enhancements to the CRX880A firmware they have posted there.

Too bad Sony didn’t release Acer specific firmware for the CRX880A drive on the Acer support site. at least make the folks at Acer contact Sony for specific firmware updates for Sony’s drives.

case closed for me & the Sony CRX880A drive on the Dell laptop