Whenever my Toshiba laptop boots up I have to wait about 1-2 minutes while the bios searches for my DVD-RW, then it fails, and the message
0203: IDE #2 FAIL [boot?] [run setup] appears. Running setup only offers the option to change boot device order, which does nothing.
The last time this happened, I think it was because my drive had been flashed c-select, and I need a master drive. That old drive had Dell firmware and could not be altered.
So then I ordered this new (L532A) drive. I was told that it would be master. I still get the same message when I boot up. What is different is that I can read / write DVDs with no errors. However, it takes over an hour to burn and verify a disc. This may or may not be the IDE selection’s fault. I think it probably is.
So my one idea is to find a different firmware and try to change the select type. The current firmware is TI51. I went to this page:
http://hijacker.rpc1.org/toshiba/index.php?path=TS-L532A/ and found TI94 firmware, which I presume is an upgrade. However, sadly, it is for c-select! I don’t see any inverse c-sel for this fimrware. I’m wondering if I can use a different firmware designed for the L532A, and inverse-selectify it? Can I do that with the TI94 firmware? Is it safe to use any of the firmwares on this page? Is this even really the problem?
To help diagnose - here is my Infotool info: http://solagin.com/images/misc/infotool.jpg
[strikethrough]here’s a speed test: [/strikethrough] can’t read DVD-RW, so definitely a problem there.
If you think it might be a different problem, please let me know. Please let me know if I can give you more details.