Verbatim 52x24x52 $15 @ OfficeMax Possibly Lite-On

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Verbatim 52x24x52 Internal CD-RW Drive. Item #20216384
$100-$20IR-$20 OM MIR-$30MFR MIR = $30 — OM MIR Valid 3/23 - 3/29 “Rebate Item #51”; MFR MIR Valid 3/2 - 3/29

Memorex 100-Pack cdr Spindle. Item #20044293
40-$15IR-$15MIR = $10 — MIR valid from 3/20-3/29

$25 off $100 Coupon

Total Upfront Cost: $80
Total Cost AR: $15 + Tax

Shipping is free as well for orders over $50. Also dont forget to click on the $25 off $100 url before you add items to cart.

I tried to explain to you how this deal works as clear as possible, srry for any confusion. Ask me questions if you dont understand something.
Originally spotted on FW

EDIT: I made all the urls clickable. Enjoy!


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Here is how to upgrade your verbatim to Liteon firmware
First check if you have a flashable lite-on. To do this start nero and click “Choose recorder Option” Now click on advanced, if it says smartburn then you most likely have a lite-on.

Liteon52x24x52x Review

Flashing Tool - MTKFLASH.EXE
Firmware
[u]Instructions on how to use mtkflash to update your drives firmware[/u]

First make a boot diskette on a w9x/me/dos computer to use to boot the computer
since these tricks must be done in real DOS.

Unzip mtkflash to the disketter or to a FAT16/32 formatted drive.

Now make sure that the drive that you are going to read the firmware
from/write firmware to is connected to the main IDE controller and not
to a secondary IDE controller card. Also write down/remember how it’s connected.

Boot your computer from the diskette containing the system files and make sure
that NO CD-ROM drivers is loaded.

Go to the same drive/folder where you have mtkflash.

To backup your firmware type:

MTKFLASH “x” R /B /M filename.bin

Where “x” is a number from 1 to 4:

1: Primary master
2: Primary slave
3: Secondary master
4: Secondary slave

R is for Read out the firmware
/B is to save the firmware as a binary file
/M is to Merge the whole firmware into one file.
filename.bin is just an example, name your file so
it will be easy to find back. I use the firmware version
as the name like firmware version XS0U will be xs0u.bin.
Don’t have the filename longer than 8 characters + bin extension.

The readout process will take a while depending on the flashrom size,
the flashrom is normally 128k, 256k or 512k. So just be patient.
Note that it’s counting from 0% to 100% several times!

To flash a drive:

MTKFLASH “x” W /B filename.bin

Where “x” is a number from 1 to 4:

1: Primary master
2: Primary slave
3: Secondary master
4: Secondary slave

W is to write a firmware to the flashrom.
/B is to tell the program that the input file is a binary file.
filename.bin is just an example. Write the name of your firmware file here.

This will again take some time, do not reboot, switch power off or something
while the flash is in progress. Note that it’s counting from 0% to 100% several times!

Do you already have a dead drive without having a backup firmware?
(Now you realize that that was naughty done.) If you know a friend
with a identical drive you may just read the firmware out from his
drive and flash it onto your drive.


This guide is written by (OC-Freak) at www.cdfreaks.com / forum.cdfreaks.com