Sony-NEC-Optiarc-AD-5200A-DVD-RW-Internal-IDE- - £13.99 delivered @ PLay (£13.29 with 5% off with Varsity Card) - HotUKDeals
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Just found this on play.com. Seems like a fair price for an IDE dvd writer.

I was trying to upgrade the firmware on one of my pals dvd writers and it failed, so i ended up with a bricked dvd writer. Bought this as a replacement for him.

Go through quidco for an additional 7 pence! Every penny counts!

Or go with your varsity card for an additional 5% which would bring this down to £13.29
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#1
Good find, its 7p quidco though..
#2
You're right.

shows you my bad maths skill in decimals!
#3
dont forget 5% off with varsity card :)
#4
Cheers for the heads up about the Varsity card!
#5
I've been pretty happy with the Sony-Optiarc (ex-NEC) writers. There's even an unsupported and unofficial tool to flash the firmware from within Linux.
#6
cowbutt
I've been pretty happy with the Sony-Optiarc (ex-NEC) writers. There's even an unsupported and unofficial tool to flash the firmware from within Linux.


... and what's the name of the tool or even better a link please? :)
#7
called Binflash.

Thats what i used yesterday on the original drive i bricked. I made a backup of the original firmware on it, but when i reflashed the device back to this original dump.bin it stalled and bricked it. :(
#8
hippyharry
called Binflash.

Thats what i used yesterday on the original drive i bricked. I made a backup of the original firmware on it, but when i reflashed the device back to this original dump.bin it stalled and bricked it. :(


Ahh, thanks - might look into that... kind of new-ish to linux and was wondering how you guys flashed the firmware. Don't need it right now as my optiarc AD-7170s is flashed with a custom firmware that works very well in windows.. but when I run ubuntu the recording isn't as fast, so may be down to the firmware or possibly the burning app I used... so will have to look into it a bit more and maybe try some different apps too ;)
#9
paddy.stone
Ahh, thanks - might look into that... kind of new-ish to linux and was wondering how you guys flashed the firmware.


With my current system (Asus P5Q), I can flash the BIOS from the BIOS using a USB memory stick, which I find most convenient. Otherwise, I tend to resort to a bootable CD (e.g. for the recent Seagate firmware upgrades) or a bootable DOS floppy. Worst case, I boot into Windows (which may necessitate moving hardware from one machine to another). Having a Linux tool available is very useful, even if I was half-expecting to be buying a replacement drive 10 minutes later...
#10
cowbutt
With my current system (Asus P5Q), I can flash the BIOS from the BIOS using a USB memory stick, which I find most convenient. Otherwise, I tend to resort to a bootable CD (e.g. for the recent Seagate firmware upgrades) or a bootable DOS floppy. Worst case, I boot into Windows (which may necessitate moving hardware from one machine to another). Having a Linux tool available is very useful, even if I was half-expecting to be buying a replacement drive 10 minutes later...


Cool - Yeah I have a gigabyte p35 (i think?) and can update the bios very easily too.. although I don't need to do that anymore as the last bios update I used fixed any glitches and so I am happy with it now... plus I will be either changing to an i7 CPU at some point so need a new mobo anyway. I didn't tinker with any progs after the initial burning slowness in ubuntu, so will try out some others.. at the time I just needed to burn a few disks quickly so rebooted into windows to do it instead, lol
I need to spend some serious time with linux at some point.
#11
sorry if i sound a bit thick but why would you want to flash the drive in the first place. Is there a problem with the firmware it comes with.

Personally I just need to replace a cd rom drive in my mums old pc and thought about swapping it with this one- it is on a windows 2000 system.

Would I have a problem?- as her pc is chronically old- (given to her) I am taking a punt that an IDE drive would be ok and that she wouldn't need a SATA drive.
#12
Cheapasnowt
sorry if i sound a bit thick but why would you want to flash the drive in the first place. Is there a problem with the firmware it comes with.

Personally I just need to replace a cd rom drive in my mums old pc and thought about swapping it with this one- it is on a windows 2000 system.

Would I have a problem?- as her pc is chronically old- (given to her) I am taking a punt that an IDE drive would be ok and that she wouldn't need a SATA drive.


Flashing the firmware on a drive usually enhances it's abilities to cope with burning higher speeds, and sometimes gives it the ability to read/record to new discs... only very rarely now though. Look at it as an update, same as you would for a program.

Anyway, if your mums comp is that old then it most likely wouldn't have a sata interface on the motherboard anyway.. so unless you would also like to get a PCI sata card to go with a sata drive then yes stick with an IDE drive.
You may have problems installing the drive though on such an old system... drives today don't usually come with drivers etc as it's assumed that most people are running a fairly recent OS, so be prepared to have to tinker a bit with it if needed. I could be wrong about the above though, it's been a long long time since I used windows2000.... hope it goes well for you :)

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