BIOS Update

Hi,
I have an Acer Travelmate 290 CL51-15. I replaced the original CD burner with a DVD burner. The BIOS does not recognize it. However, SOMETIMES under Windows it is recognized and usable, other times not.

The BIOS is listed as Insyde Software V1.00. No update is available. Is it possible to edit the BIOS and add recognition for the DVD writer?
westoneAsked:
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edbedbConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Modding the BIOS is not impossible but it would require an expert. It wouldn't help in any case. If it were not picked up by the BIOS it would not work in Windows.
You said it occasionally works in Windows so it has to be occasionally picked up by the BIOS. That's why I believe it could be that it is not seated properly.
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CIGHNCommented:
I would try to update the drivers as welll...
http://www.driveraccess.com/app/pages/acer.aspx
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westoneAuthor Commented:
All of the drivers are at latest available versions, verified at the Acer website and the various manufacturer sites for individual HW items.
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edbedbCommented:
It sounds like the drive has a bad connection. Try sliding it out then push it back in firmly.
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westoneAuthor Commented:
The drive is fine. The BIOS does not recognize it at all. As a result, Windows sometimes recognizes it and sometimes does not. My question is actually about the methods and feasibility of BIOS modding.
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westoneAuthor Commented:
That update is for the 100 series.
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nobusCommented:
im with edbedb here, it looks like a bad contact; inspect the connector - both sides
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nobusCommented:
otherwise, ask for a replacement drive - it may be faulty !
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westoneAuthor Commented:
Resolution: I finally found out that Compal actually manufactured this unit for Acer. From Compal I was able to get the last BIOS update available, version 2.10A. It installed successfully, and a readme.txt list numerous fixes and updates. The computer now recognizes the DVD writer 100% of the time, so far anyway. Man am I happy about finding that update.
Thanks for all of the suggestions.
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westoneAuthor Commented:
That answers my original question about modding the BIOS. Thanks.
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