Sony DW-D26A problems

Hi All,

I just recently got a batch of 24 machines using this drive, and unfortunately it cannot read the Gigabyte driver CD that was included with the system, and also has trouble reading a couple of other commercially pressed discs.

As a last resort, I was wondering whether it would be possible to crossflash this drive to its Liteon equivalent? The problem is I’ve never crossflashed before so am green in that regard, and I am not 100% sure which Liteon drive this corresponds to… it seems like they have 2 or 3 current models which can be likely suspects… Also does anyone out there know whether firmware flashes ever fix cd readability problems such as this?

Anybody?

I just want to know what the exact equivalent Liteon is?

See http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=131143 .

Harron,
Where did you get the new firmware you describe? When I go to the Lite-On website it refers me to another which is worthless! Thanks.
-essjay2

http://www.liteonit.com/ODD/English/e_downloads/e_firmware_dvd%20rw.asp

Thanks, Harron, but how did you get that new firmware file to run? When I try it finds my DW-D26A and says there is no compatible drive available and quits. Thanks again.

Try FlashFix
http://digi.rpc1.com/flashfix.htm

essjay2,

I’m sorry… I misled you, but not intentionally. I had pointed you to the LiteOn site, but, in fact, I had gotten my files from codeguys before the official flasher was posted at LiteOn.

Go here:

http://codeguys.rpc1.org/firmwares.html

Click on JS05 - stock - unscrambled under the LiteOn SOHW-1673S section to download the RAR archive.

Then go to

http://codeguys.rpc1.org/patchers.html

and download the latest version of OmniPatcher.

Run OmniPatcher on the unscrambled JS05 flasher. You don’t have to mess with any of the fine-tuning options for now. Just let OmniPatcher do its default thing and save out your new version of the flasher using a different filename.

This modified flasher should work fine on the DW-D26A. It did on mine.

As a precaution download the EEPROM utility from

http://codeguys.rpc1.org/utilities.html

and save the contents of the drive’s EEPROM before you start the process. Good luck.

P-S’s suggestion (FlashFix) looks like it should do the job, as well. I’ve not tried it.

=-= Harron =-=

Harron,

Can you do me a favor?

I have misflashed DW-D26A. And I need any compartible BINARY firmware. Can you please extract whatever version you have from your drive?

Thanks a lot!

p_s,

Go to codeguys and download the JS05 firmware package:

http://codeguys.rpc1.org/firmwares.html

(Click on the link JS05 - stock - unscrambled in the 1673s section near the bottom of the page.)

When you unRAR the archive, you should see a folder that contains the raw BIN version of the firmware. That should be identical (or nearly identical) to whatever I extract off my drive.

If you’re really in a pickle, I have the EEPROM dump from my DW-D26A in its original factory state. (Again, go to the codeguys site – see utilities.) If you want that file, drop me a private message with your e-mail address.

Thank you, Harron!

I’ll give it a try.
BTW, which flasher have you used for D26A? Mtkflash for DOS? What version?

Thanks again.

Hi, p_s.

I didn’t have to use any generic flasher (that requires BIN firmware code) at all. See my reply to essjay2 (post #9) above. I used the standalone unscrambled JS05 flasher from codeguys. I ran it through OmniPatcher, which, I think, is what enabled me to cross-flash my DW-D26A to a 1673S.