Updating firmware on cd burner
If you are trying to use an OEM version of a program with a different drive model than the original, you will also need an update from the software vendor.
Windows XPs built-in CD writing feature is a pale imitation of even the worst third-party CD mastering program, but if you insist on using it, make sure your drive is listed in the Windows Catalog of supported drives and devices (
Generally speaking, the firmware update procedure works like this (but you should be sure to follow the particular instructions given for your drive): If you have problems performing a rewriteable drive firmware update, check the vendors Readme file or website for help. If the firmware update fails to complete, there might be interference from programs that control the drive such as packet-writing programs (In CD, Direct CD) or the built-in Windows XP CD writing feature.
To disable resident software, restart the computer in Safe Mode (Windows 2000/XP) and retry the update.
To ensure that Real Player recognizes the drive you want to use: 1. The best way to do this is through the Device Manager: a.
Only have a disc in the drive you want to use for burning. Make sure the DVD disc is loaded before selecting the drive (and that autoplay has been closed if autoplay is active). After unplugging an external drive, be sure to select the drive to replace the unplugged drive in Advanced Burning Options in the "Video Burning Options" window and wait for the new drive selection to populate the "Write Speed" associated with that drive before clicking Save. Try playing a DVD in the drive to get Real Player to recognize the drive. If Real Player still does not recognize the drive, close and restart Real Player.
Otherwise, you may experience General Errors, requests for database repair, or crashing.
A check of the Plextor website ( revealed that the latest firmware upgrade improved results when Verbatim media was used.
BIOS upgrades can be used to fix problems with CPU and memory support, USB ports, system stability, and many other problems.
However, the motherboard BIOS is just one type of firmware (software in a chip) which needs to be upgraded periodically.
He installed the upgrade, which solved the problem and enabled the drive to write at top speed to azo blue/silver, green-gold, and other types of CD-R media.
What other types of rewriteable CD and DVD problems can be solved with firmware upgrades?
To install the latest updates for Windows XP, including updates to the CD writing feature, use Windows Update.