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

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JAK

What the Heck !
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....
Identifying flash type

Updating....
Bank0
Bank1
Bank2
.....
Bank8
Update succesfull please Restart you PC(or somethin like that)
Simply Restart.

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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JAK

JAK

What the Heck !
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....
Identifying flash type

Updating....
Bank0
Bank1
Bank2
.....
Bank8
Update succesfull please Restart you PC(or somethin like that)
Simply Restart.


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....
Identifying flash type

Updating....
Bank0
Bank1
Bank2
.....
Bank8
Update succesfull please Restart you PC(or somethin like that)
Simply Restart.


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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JAK

JAK

What the Heck !
medpal said:
great work jak.

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

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:
 

superwiz

Broken In
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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sunnydiv

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

suave_guy

pedal to metal
A gr8 and intelligently done post jak.... Really its impressive....

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

Enjoy :)
 

djmykey

Let the music play.....
Yo man i also agree may many posts like this come to the forum. Hell yeah this is to sticky.
 

darklord

Cyborg Agent
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

JAK

What the Heck !
darklord said:
No offence intended Jak but is this whole tutorial written by you or just a copy/paste from somewhere else?
Just curious.


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:
 

darklord

Cyborg Agent
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.
 
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