I suppose I don’t HAVE to used those media, but I was hoping to get more than one DVD out of a $30 spindle. If upgrading the firmware would give me a shot at that, it’s worth a try. Here’s what DVD Identifier says about the discs in question:
Unique Disc Identifier : [DVD+R:CMC MAG-M01-000]
Disc & Book Type : [DVD+R] - [Not Available]
Manufacturer Name : [CMC Magnetics Corp.]
Manufacturer ID : [CMC MAG]
Media Type ID : [M01]
Product Revision : [Not Specified]
Blank Disc Capacity : [2,295,104 Sectors = 4.70 GB (4.38 GiB)]
Recording Speeds : [1x-2.4x , 4x , 6x-8x , 6x-16x]
They’re Imation but evidently made by CMC. I can’t believe that all (save one) of these discs are bad or Imation and CMC wouldn’t be able to sell any discs.
DVD Identifier, Device Manager and Nero Info Tool only tell me that the drive is an ATAPI DVD LS 8X 16X8X16 with GCAB firmware. I THINK that’s BenQ OEM firmware, but can find nothing that tells me this a BenQ drive otherwise. From all that I’ve read, it seems I need to know the BenQ model number to get the upgrade firmware. There are 50+ possibilities. I can’t be sure this is a BenQ drive, let alone know what model. How do I know which BenQ (or other) drive this is equivelent to so I can download the right upgrade?
Which firmware should I try with this drive and where is the best place to download it from? I have BQ Flasher and teh Nero ASPI file, and I’m comfortable with teh flashing procedure if I only knew which firmware version to flash.
I’m going to remove the drive to see if there are any labels on it to point me in the right direction.