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GUIDE FOR FLASHING FIRMWARE (DVD ROM/CD/Burners)

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  1. JAK

    JAK What the Heck !

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    Seen Quite a few people asking for this lately so decided to post it as a new topic.... :wink:

    In case of DVD Roms use all ur 5 region changing options and only when they r exhausted try for RPC1 firmware flash.

    Do such things when its absolutely needed

    Drives compatible with MtkWinFlash/Mtkflash.. Mediatek chipset
    SONY
    LITEON
    LG
    SAMSUNG
    there r more but these Drives r common in INDIA


    here is the link to mtkwinflash
    Code:
    http://home.t-online.de/home/theo-pia/Downloads/MtkWinFlash.ace
    PROCEDURE FOR WINDOWS

    Make sure the drive is empty(no media is present) bfore flashing...

    1# Run MtkwinFlash
    2# U can use the ATAPI mode or the IDE mode. If u are sure as to the
    where u Drive to be flashed is use the IDE mode..Else I wud recommend using the ATAPI mode...


    ATAPI MODE

    here simply select the Target drive and source firmware file and FLASH the Drive


    IDE MODE(USE THIS METHOD WITH CAUTION)

    IDE port 1 = Primary Master (Generally HDD)
    IDE port 2 = Primary Slave
    IDE port 3 = Secondary Master (generally Burner)
    IDE port 4 = Secondary slave (generally CDROM/DVDROM)


    Here too simply select the target and firmware and flash it

    Try and avoid multitasking when doing sensitive things like flashing or best use dos for all ur flashing needs.. :wink:

    PROCEDURE FOR DOS FLASHING

    Make sure the drive is empty(no media is present) bfore flashing...

    Download MtkFlsh(DOS) from here
    Code:
    http://www.freewebs.com/izzner/Mtkflash.exe
    #1 Rename Mtkflash.exe to Mtkfl.exe
    #2 Make a bootable floppy.
    #3 Copy mtkfl.exe on to the floppy.
    #4 Copy new firmware or modded RP1 firmware onto different good floppy(do this as there might not be space on Win98 floppy if used).
    #5 Boot using the Floppy(configure ur bios if required to boot directly to the floppy.DO NOT LOAD ANY CDROM SUPPORT if using WIN98 Boot Disk)

    #6 Keep an eye while booting for ur RAM DRiVE and note its Drive letter.

    #7 Upon reaching the C:\ prompt ..type "copy A:\mtkfl.exe %RAMD%:\mtkfl.exe

    #8 Similarily copy ur new firmware or RPC1 firmware to the ram drive or "%RAMD%"

    #9 Now go to ur Ramdrive prompt..(Remember the drive letter I told u to note previously) and type: "mtkfl x w firmwarename.hex" with out the quotes( sustitute .hex with .bin if required and replace "x" with the followin no's
    1 for Flashing Primary master
    2 for Flashing Primary Slave
    3 for Flashing Secondary Master
    4 for Flashing Secondary Slave
    ..genrally optical drives are setup on Secondary channel)


    #10 It will take a few secs(abt 10 secs or less) saying....
    Congrats u just had a successfull flash.... :wink: .

    Now the Bad part....
    If something goes wrong(UPS failed/Windoz froze etc... then the next Tutotial is for getting ur drive back from the dead.

    EDIT: Spellin Mistakes
     
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    GUIDE FOR RECOVERING THE DEAD DRIVE

    RECOVERING A BAD FLASH

    CASE1: Able to Boot with Dead Drive
    Same as above DOS Flashing..

    Download MtkFlsh(DOS) from here
    Code:
    http://www.freewebs.com/izzner/Mtkflash.exe
    Set the failed Drive(DVD assumed) as Secondary master

    #1 Rename Mtkflash.exe to Mtkfl.exe
    #2 Make a bootable floppy.
    #3 Copy mtkfl.exe on to the floppy.
    #4 Copy new firmware or modded RP1 firmware onto different good floppy(do this as there might not be space on Win98 floppy if used).
    #5 Boot using the Floppy(configure ur bios if required to boot directly to the floppy.DO NOT LOAD ANY CDROM SUPPORT if using WIN98 Boot Disk)

    #6 Keep an eye while booting for ur RAM DRiVE and note its Drive letter.

    #7 Upon reaching the C:\ prompt ..type "copy A:\mtkfl.exe %RAMD%:\mtkfl.exe

    #8 Similarily copy ur new firmware or RPC1 firmware to the ram drive or "%RAMD%"

    #9 Now go to ur Ramdrive prompt..(Remember the drive letter I told u to note previously) and type: "mtkfl 3 w firmwarename.hex" with out the quotes( sustitute .hex with .bin if required)

    #10 It will take a few secs(abt 10 secs or less) saying....

    CASE2: System Stuck at BIOS (PERSONAL TRICK)

    Failed/dead drive = DVD ROM assumed
    This method works only if u have 2 Optical Drives(One dead/bad flash and other workin)

    THINGS TO DO FIRST

    #1 Rename Mtkflash.exe to Mtkfl.exe
    #2 Make a bootable floppy.
    #3 Copy mtkfl.exe on to the floppy.
    #4 Copy new firmware or modded RP1 firmware onto different good floppy(do this as there might not be space on Win98 floppy if used).
    #5 Shutdown... switch off all power.

    NOW FOR THE BEST PART

    #6 Open ur cabinet

    #7 Set your CDROM jumper as master and also det your DVDROM jumper to master(yes set both as master you will know later why)

    #8 Unplug the IDE cable from your DVD-ROM(donot disconnect the IDE cable from your motherboard) and do not unplug DVD ROM's power chord.

    #9 Boot using the bootable Floppy(configure ur bios if required to boot directly to the floppy.DO NOT LOAD ANY CDROM SUPPORT if using WIN98 Boot Disk)

    #10 Keep an eye while booting for ur RAM DRiVE and note its Drive letter.

    #11 Upon reaching the C:\ prompt ..type "copy A:\mtkfl.exe %RAMD%:\mtkfl.exe

    #12 Similarily copy ur new firmware or RPC1 firmware to the ram drive or "%RAMD%"

    NOW BE EXTRA CAREFULL FROM HERE ON DO ALL THIS WITH OUT POWERING OFF
    TAKE CARE AND AVOID SHOCK
    #13 UNPLUG the IDE cable from ur CD ROM,but DO NOT UNPLUG IT FROM UR MOTHERBOARD.

    #14 Now Plug the IDE cable removed from the CDROM into the DVD ROM.

    #15 Now go to ur Ramdrive prompt..(Remember the drive letter I told u to note previously) and type: "mtkfl 3 w firmwarename.hex" with out the quotes( sustitute .hex with .bin if required)

    #16 It will take a few secs(abt 10 secs or less) saying....

    NOTE: The Second method is tried and tested method for recovering a dead drive if the BIOS freezes and doesnt make it past POST..

    EDIT : Spellin mistakes
     
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    medpal Medic on Call!!

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    great work jak.

    will be more usefull if you can give source of other firmwares.
     
  4. Krishanu.De

    Krishanu.De Not So Fresh Stock!

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    Thanks man! This is just great. But I am not sure wheather I am going to try this.
     
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    JAK What the Heck !

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    Sorry medpal..
    but givin links to RPC1 firmware's wud be in violation of the forum rules...Try Google... :wink:
    genuine firmware upgrades can be found at their respective company websites.... :wink:
     
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    Krishanu.De Not So Fresh Stock!

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    You want firmware? One stop solution for firmware:

    Code:
    http://forum.rpc1.org/portal.php
     
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    Gr8 tut man ! Wish we had a rating system here, would have given reps to u.
     
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    it_waaznt_me Coming back to life ..

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    Great post JAK ...
    I dont have any DVD Rom yet ..
    Will try soon ...
     
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    That is good stuff. You probably won't fine that stuff on the net.
     
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    thank you for helping me in different letter in this website,

    me and our brother make the writer to work THANK YOU
     
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    nice tut jak.awesome post.I'll surely try this after I get a DVD-Rom.
     
  12. sunnydiv

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    a better thing to do is use a region free software and get rid of all the mess :p
     
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    suave_guy pedal to metal

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    A gr8 and intelligently done post jak.... Really its impressive....

    This topic being a sticky....hell Yes!

    Enjoy :)
     
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    good work, keep it up jak !!

    must be sticky for a long time !!
     
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    djmykey Let the music play.....

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    Yo man i also agree may many posts like this come to the forum. Hell yeah this is to sticky.
     
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    gr8...
     
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    No offence intended Jak but is this whole tutorial written by you or just a copy/paste from somewhere else?
    Just curious.
     
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    JAK What the Heck !

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    maybe I Copied it from Tech-Arena...lol :wink: :twisted: (no offence)

    The Flashing procedure using Mtk(dos/Win) is conventional...

    But the Recovering a
    BAD FLASH CASE 2...is my trick buddy..works like a charm. It was discovered accidently by me while fidlin with my system to find a way to recover my dead Drive when all conventional methods didnt work...[Apple fallin on Newtons head was also an accident wasnt it... :wink: (was it a apple or mango :lol: )]

    u find anything even with 60% similarity tell me..I will delete this post myself.... :wink:
     
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    I had said in the beginning,no offense.
    I was just curious thats why i asked.

    Very well put up tutorial.Keep up the good work.
     
  20. bipin_hbk

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    how to detect which is right firmware for your dead drive
     
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