cd-r writer firmware upgrade

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TonyB4

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I am using a Mitsumi CD-R writer and it will not burn 800 mb discs
My question is...is it safe to flash the firmware......it is fw110_28.exe. It states that it will not open from MS Dos prompt
but will in the MS Dos- mode. (next paragraph)

CR-2801TE Internal CD-R Drive.
Description Filename Notes
CR-2801TE Internal CD-R Drive
Firmware Update Utility for DOS
Ver. 1.10
(Uploaded since 1/20/99) fw110_28.exe
(368KB)
1. File self extracts
2. Go to MS_DOS Mode (Does not work on MS-DOS prompt)
3. Type:\Flash MP110d28.mar
4. Follow instructions.
*Supports 80 min CD-R media.
Help would be really appreciated if someone could help with the installation or advise if installed will I loose my cd-r.
Thanks in advance..... TonyB4
 

JohnWill

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If all goes well, you'll have an upgraded CD-RW drive. However, as should be obvious, if something goes wrong during the process, you may end up with a doorstop. It all depends on how bad you want to burn 800mb disks...
 
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Hi – welcome to TSG.

It is usually safe to flash the firmware on burners. Start>Shut Down>Restart in MS-DOS Mode will put you in true DOS. They are cautioning against using Start>Programs>DOS Prompt.

After you download the file just click on it in regular Windows mode (or double click if you are set up for that). A DOS extractor will open and do its thing. Then restart in DOS mode, type \Flash MP110d28.mar, enter and follow the onscreen instructions.
 

TonyB4

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Thank you both for your input. I purchased the 800 mb disks on sale..not realizing that I would not be able to use them. cannot return them since I opened all three packages.

My start/shutdown has only -restart-standby & shutdown.
Could you please tell me another way to get into the DOS Mode? Thanks.
 

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restart your computer, while its reboot and just before the satrting windows screen comes up press f8 or hold the ctrl key. you should get a menu with one of the choices being command prompt only.
 

TonyB4

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Did as you said 'Triple6'....4 things came up. Normal, Safe Mode, Step by Step Confirmation and Logged (\Bootleg.txt)
Logged did'nt give me a command prompt
Step by Step...No command prompt.
Do not know what to do now.
My OS is Windows ME version 4.90.3000 build 3000
Thank you all for your continued assistance.
 

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With ME you will need a ME boot disk to get to a dos prompt......

You can download one here:
http://freepctech.com/pc/002/files010.shtml

save it to your desktop (not to a floppy), then double click on it and follow instructions.....then boot to the floppy disk and choose minimal boot (I think that is the choice).
 
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Here are the complete instructions: http://www.mitsumi.com/indexusa.html They say ”Not Windows NT4.0, Me, 2000 Users”

If AcaCandy’s workaround with the boot disc doesn’t work you might be out of luck. Some of the burners have a Windows utility for ME, but they have only a DOS utility for your burner.
 

TonyB4

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Thank you all so much for your help.
I have tried the bootdisk and it only gave me the DOS prompt, have tried quite a few things but had better quit before I screw up my computer...I am not that knowledable with things like this.
This leaves me with an excuse to raid my piggy bank and buy a new drive. Have been looking at Pacific Digital Mach 48....not sure how good it is.....read that Lite-On is good. Just looking for a cd-rw that will burn 80 minute discs (since I have 60 of them)and be faster than my cr-2801te
Is this the wrong forum to ask for opinions, if not I would appreciate your input on which drive would be best for around $150.00 Cdn.
 

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Originally posted by TonyB4:
I have tried the bootdisk and it only gave me the DOS prompt,
That was supposed to be the result ;)

Did you have the option to start with or without cdrom support?
 

TonyB4

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Thank you AcaCandy: but it says not to start from the DOS prompt...that can be dangerous. I tried it before I knew and luckily nothing bad happened.
... Mitsumi states that it has to be done in DOS Mode. See my 1st. posting.. Thanks
 
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See my first post where I explained what DOS prompt you were being warned against. The start disc is true DOS.
 

TonyB4

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Sorry Slipe, that I did not get back until now.
I made a WinMe.exe bootdisk and it has dos command on it....I guess I am afraid of doing something drastic by playing with things that I am not sure of...it has happened before...you know the old saying "once bitten"......
Really appreciate everyone's assistance.
I may purchase a new cd-r/rw drive. GCE-8481B manufactures by LGeus.Have to check them out a little more. Thanks again...
 
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