Today wasn't my day.
In an attempt to try and figure out if GHR8 firmware was the reason why the ATI DVD player was occassionally skipping because I was getting in event viewer ideport1 did not respond within timeout period errors starting in june which is when ghr8 came out, I wanted to try and do GHR6 that the 163D came with. This was a reasonable suspicion.
Drives were in cable select mode which works great in normal operation, and both had discs in them (OOPS!). I forgot to take the dvd disc out and the CDRW had a win98 cd to boot from.
d/led mtkflash 1.62..
Typed in mtkflash 4 W /A0 /B back00.bin then mtkflash 4 W /A1 /B back01.bin then rebooted computer as per instructions.
both drives are dead the cdrw which was primary master just has a green light on and doesn't respond. the dvd doesn't do anything at all.
i move the jumpers to master and slave from cable select because i want to try again and save the drive.
Power up only the dvdrom and boot. The drive spins up! What is going on? Faster! Faster! Boom!! the rental movie shatters into a million pieces and the drive tray opens slightly from the force of the internal explosion. I pull it out part of the way. It's totally fragmented. I have to go to Walmart after this to buy a replacement to return to the video store.
The drive is a complete writeoff, the dvd has gone to dvd heaven.
All I have left is a CDRW that was killed.. it hasn't exploded, so I'll have to try and find a mtkflash 6S0F binary somewhere.. I hope it wasn't lost too. This is all very expensive hit to take.
All I can think of that I did wrong is:
1) The mtkflash program may not be compatible with cable select mode, but everything else is. (I think this is the culprit since it makes no sense at all my cdrw stopped working too.)
2) Forgot to take the dvd out of tray, I don't see why this would have been the problem, I was in DOS.
What a shitty day. I can't afford to replace this hardware for probably another month or two now.