Edited -- 1/5/2004
I've been disturbed to see a number of reports recently of people having a bad flash with this drive. The key thing in flashing the SD-612B is NOT to use the Samsung Windows flashing utilities.
Using one of these gave me the only bad flash I've had with a drive and there have been plenty of reports in various forums of people suffering the same experience. So, I firmly recommend that you use the Samsung DOS utility SFDNDOS.EXE
. Note that this guide refers only to the SD-612B, not
Carry out the flash as follows:
(1) Obtain SFDNDOS
-- Download SFDNDOS from here:
(2) Obtain Patched Firmware for the SD-612B
-- This is the file E0E0U.ZIP
from Etna's site here:
You will see that there is a "health warning" in the relevant entry on that site. There's nothing wrong with the firmware -- this is a reference to the problems people have had flashing under Windows as mentioned above.
(3) Create a DOS Boot Floppy
-- You can do this in XP by formatting a floppy after setting the "Create an MS-DOS startup disk" option in the Format dialog. Then delete all files except MSDOS.SYS, IO.SYS and COMMAND.COM. Use a good quality floppy. If you are using Win95/98/ME/2K download the self-extracting file "winme_plain_boot_ disk.exe" from here:
Insert a blank floppy in your drive, run "Winme_plain_boot_disk.exe" and it will write a minimal boot disk to the floppy. Use a good quality branded floppy
(4) Checking the Floppy
-- Copy the flash utility SFDNDOS.EXE and firmware file E0E0U.BIN to the floppy. Check it using Windows tools (and Norton Utilities if you have it). The Samsung utility should identify the location of the drive on your IDE bus automatically but it won't hurt to disconnect any other optical drives just in case.
(5) Executing the Flash
-- With the floppy in the drive, reboot your computer (after setting the BIOS to boot from floppy, if necessary). At the "A:\>" command prompt type:
[Return] -- [Note that those are zeros in the firmware filename]
Let the utility do its work and don't get impatient. Don't fiddle with the keyboard and when a message reporting that the download is complete appears, switch off your computer, don't just reset it.
(6) After the Flash
-- Reboot and check that the drive is region-free with DISCinfo
(see Utilities page on this site). Use Region Killer
to overcome region protection in your DVD software player. Sometimes after a flash odd problems appear -- one symptom is that Windows now only recognises the drive as a CDROM. One cure for this under Win2K/XP is to go into Device Manager and, in the "IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers" section, uninstall the Primary or Secondary IDE Channel on which the drive is located. It doesn't hurt also to uninstall the DVD/CDROM device. Then reboot and let Windows re-detect the drive.