I got over-enthusiastic and bought not one, but TWO of the Micro Advantage SuperDrives (rebadged BTC 1004) at OfficeMax sale for $80 each - one for me and one for my brother.
Installed it yesterday night, and immediately flashed it to FW45 as per the instructions on MA’s website. Got about 6 error messages during the update, but the flash seems to have been completed successfully.
I rebooted the PC and burnt a movie on a Princo DVD-RW, worked fine. I gained confidence and burnt a movie on a Princo DVD-R. It works in my standalone Sony, but not my Apex. But the most curious part is that my Pioneer DVD-ROM is not able to read it.
Then I found this forum and gone thru several messages, and I realised that I might have bought more than I bargained for.
Anyway, I decided to give it another try and downgrade to FW43 as suggested in several posts. Half way thru the flash it messed up and shows the dreaded Windows BLUE screen of death - I want to mention here that in the two years that I have been running Windows 2000 on this PC, I NEVER EVER got a blue screen… thank you very much BTC, you enriched my life.
On reboot, I found that the drive has disappeared.
After initial panic I found the DOS Flash method on the forum and used MTKFLASH and V43 from ‘The Dangerous Brothers’ site to successfully flash it to v43. Felt a bit happy that all is not lost.
Carefully tried a few CD-RWs, and then a couple of CD-Rs. Went fine, burnt successfully at 40X and 32X.
Gained confidence to try another DVD-R. (Princo 1X - 2X)
Attempt 1 - Burnt with Nero 22.214.171.124.
Showed Lead-In burning for about 8 mins before I got fed up and cancelled the process.
Needless to say, the DVD-R has been sacrificed to the sadistic DVD burner gods.
Attempt 2 - Another Princo DVD-R with RecordNow Max
After about a min, RecordNow Max spit out the DVD-R giving some error message. Atleast the DVD-R was not screwed up - Thank you Stomp - Ahead should learn a few things
Attempt 3 -
This time I decided to change my approach. So, instead of directly burning the files, I first created an DVD image file and then burnt it with DVDDecrypter - this is an approach that never failed in the past. But there is a first time for everything and, thans to BTC I got another nice DVD-R coaster.
I have by now given up on the drive. I am returning the un-opened drive first thing tomorrow.
As for the one I already installed, I am waiting to see if Marco pulls of a miracle with his promised FW47 release next week.
Otherwise I will just get myself a nice NEC ND-1300A from Newegg.com for $100 and save myself all this frustration.