Bear in mind that following these directions may hose your firmware, and as we say in the cell phone community, “brick” your DVD Writer. That was a risk I was willing to take, since I had just spent $10 on a DVD+RW drive from the fine folks at Free Geek, http://www.freegeek.org
My drive started life as a Samsung TS-H552L sold to HP. It made its way into several Compaq and HP computers, with no support or documentation whatsoever. And certainly no firmware updates. This firmware update caused mine to look back toward its ancestry and become the Samsung SH-W162L it always wanted to be, with firmware version TS04.
I tried them because coincidentally after updating to kernel 2.6.24-18-generic, I started making a lot of frisbees. So far, it looks an awful lot like I may have bought a cakebox full of them, because the new batch of media is burning smoothly. I’m curious about trying this in Linux with WinE, but don’t see much point, since my drive is working fine now. I was finally forced to boot back into my XP Media Center install after two months to make all this work.
The Samsung site does warn that while the firmware update takes place within Windows, a reboot is required to complete the update. I’ve got no idea how polite WinE would be about that.
Here it is.
Unzip this file to an easy-to-find location.
From the command line, start shdnwin.exe with the -nocheck option:
Select the Open Folder icon, and locate the .bin file you just unzipped. Once selected, click the computer chip icon to start the flash. All usual precautions for flashing apply. No reboots, no forced shutdowns, no other programs running until the update completes.
You’ll be asked for a reboot. I rebooted into Windows to keep from confusing the flash software, just in case.
At this point, my drive believes it’s an SH-W162L, and I can update it with the following file.