How to Update DVD Firmware

By Tony Breedlove

DVD drives and many other computer devices have a hardware component in them called an EPROM (Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory) that specifies operational parameters, communication protocols and many other operational procedures. Early EPROMs could only be erased by uncovering an opening on the top of the EPROM chip and flashing it with ultraviolet light, but today's EPROMs can be erased and reprogrammed using a special application without having to even open the computer case; this process is called "flashing" or updating firmware. Updating your DVD firmware could provide you with some significant enhancements that were not available when your drive was manufactured.

Step 1

Download, install and run Nero Info Tool (see Resources).

Step 2

Click "Skip Test" if you get the "Determining the supported speeds" box. You will not need to know the drive speed to update your DVD firmware.

Step 3

Click on the down arrow at the top of the box to select the DVD drive you want to upgrade.

Step 4

Write down the drive manufacturer, the model of the drive and the current firmware version.

Step 5

Go to the DVD manufacturer's site and enter in your drive make and model number to download the firmware update. This information is usually listed on the manufacturer's web page under "Support" and then "Downloads."

Step 6

Extract the files and follow the directions included in the download. Usually, you will have three or more files in the download that will include (1) instructions on performing the upgrade; (2) a .bin file, which is the firmware upgrade itself; and (3) a utility that actually installs the new firmware file in your DVD drive.

Step 7

Reboot your computer after the firmware update has completed and you will notice an information bubble indicating Windows has "Found New Hardware." Since the firmware has been updated, Windows regards your updated drive as new hardware.

Step 8

Run the Nero Info Tool again and you may notice some new capabilities that were not available before.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not interrupt the firmware update process and only use the manufacturer's approved firmware update or you could render your drive inoperable. Retain the old firmware version and location of the manufacturer's website until you have checked the drive to insure it is functioning properly. If you determine the drive is not working properly, simply reflash the drive with the original firmware version.

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