How do I do a firmware flash for a Samsung CD/DVD drive?

Posted on 2011-10-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I got rid of a lot of crap from a Toshiba Satellite M105-S1021 using Revo Uninstaller.  I guess I got rid of more than I thought, because now the CDRW/DVD drive doesn't work.  Device Manager says it can't load the driver.  It is a TSST Corp. CDW/DVD, the TS-L462C.  I can't find a driver for it, only a binary firmware update.  I am not sure how to proceed, but figure I must, because the system won't even load an external USB DVD drive.  Can anyone help?
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    If the drive worked before you uninstalled things, a firmware upgrade of the drive won't help at all. Firmware upgrades are usually there to add features to the drive itself, and also as the flash is normally done from within windows, it would have to be recognized there in the first place.

    Neither CD nor DVD drives need any special drivers within windows, as the drivers are generic and already included with the OS. What you need to make sure of is that all PC mainboard and controller drivers are installed, like chipset drivers etc. If those are all installed the optical drives will also get recognized.

    Once all those drivers are installed, remove any paket writing or virtual CD/DVD tools, like Nero's InCD, Roxio's DirectCD, Daemon tools etc. Then run the m$ fixit on the link below:

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    Also try booting from either a Windows install CD or a Live Linux CD such as Ubuntu

    All you want it to do is boot.  No need for an install.  This will test if the drive is still functioning.  It is possible it went bad and you need to verify that it is still good.

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    I am inclined to agree, since the external usb dvd-writer wasn't installed either.  Am trying to find mobo drivers.  Thanks for the suggestion.

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    Don't seem to be able to find the right driver as of yet.  External DVD burner not recognized yet.  

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    Just went back to an earlier restore point.   Drive is back.   I definitely screwed it up when I went to uninstalling stuff!

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    It didn't need a firmware update.

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