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  Samsung Bluray Drive Bricked <RESOLVED> 
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Seth Hoffman Jan 23, 2012, 03:11pm EST Report Abuse
I flashed the firmware of a Samsung SH-B123L internal Bluray drive to the newest revision SB03 to SB04. The firmware flash utility from Samsung is easy to use, it downloads the new firmware to the drive, then prompts to reboot the computer. In the instructions it says after the reboot the update is complete and ready to be used.

When I do this procedure the drive does not respond to anything after the reboot, can not eject via the button or from the OS. And the firmware now reads "BOOT" instead of SB03 or SB04.

I have tried putting the drive on the other controllers in my PC and in my server. I've used IDE emulation mode and AHCI mode. I've also tried running the drive off of a USB adapter. I also made the drive the boot device thinking maybe it had to run an install outside of the OS.

Any ideas?

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mothow Jan 23, 2012, 10:33pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Samsung Bluray Drive Bricked

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Seth Hoffman Jan 26, 2012, 04:09pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Samsung Bluray Drive Bricked
Return shipping is $15 for a $40 drive...I was hoping to fix it. If I can't fix it I'll just buy an external drive to replace it, I don't like having internal optical drives anyway.

DoubleDouble Jan 26, 2012, 07:37pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Samsung Bluray Drive Bricked
Tried a re-flash?

Or will the utility not detect it anymore?

Seth Hoffman Jan 26, 2012, 10:43pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Samsung Bluray Drive Bricked
Yeah the OS sees it just fine. The firmware flash utility sees the drive too, but the version is marked as "BOOT". I've tried flashing it about 40 times. I also tried downloading and installing the firmware versions in order from SB00 to SB04. It just won't take the firmware for some reason. The utility says it's successful.

Meats_Of_Evil Jan 26, 2012, 11:06pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Samsung Bluray Drive Bricked
I know there are ways to fix it but I haven't flashed my DVD-RW firmware in a long long time so I don't remember the exact details but I know there are very active forums about DVD RW/Blu-ray flashing etc. In your case your best bet is google or try contacting Samsung customer support.

Everything I write is Sarcasm.
john albrich Jan 27, 2012, 01:37am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Samsung Bluray Drive Bricked
The 'club.myce' website has helped me gain insight into some optical drive problems, sometimes by getting me to approach solving a problem from a different perspective.

I've got a "TSST" drive that I'm considering flashing so this is of interest to me as well.

I searched on variants of "force flash a samsung dvd", which eventually took me to...

which talks about...
"If something goes wrong, then the drive is recognized as something with "BOOT" in the name after rebooting the computer. This means, the drive is stuck in a kind of safe mode giving you another chance to flash the firmware again. "

where user (mciahel) talks about the need to boot in DOS to recover.
"You will need a bootable USB flash memory device to run plain DOS. And it's very useful if you know the "configuration" of the drive (Primary Master, Secondary Slave, etc.) in order to force the flash on a unrecognised drive.
For Syntax help, run tsdndos /? (or sfdndos /?) from the command line."

For the future, if you get to the point where you can try re-flashing this or another drive, you might take a look at these instructions. Not liking the ones from Samsung, user (mciahel (again)) developed his/her own set of instructions. I've no idea if they are 'better', but something in there might be helpful.[/quote][/quote]

Seth Hoffman Feb 09, 2012, 09:22pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Samsung Bluray Drive Bricked <RESOLVED>
I found by trial and error that this drive needs a very odd and specific order of events for the flash to work:

You need to have the drive powered off, boot the PC, get to desktop, put power to drive, let Windows find it, immediately run the firmware flash utility, then once the utility is finished it prompts to reboot with a "press ok" button, you must not click that button, then restart the PC via the start button in Windows.

I reproduced these steps three times. Any other series of steps I've tried results in the drive staying in "BOOT" mode and won't respond to anything.



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