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Update the CD firmware

Some drive makers may need to update the drive’s firmware to improve compatibility with media or to fix unexpected bugs. Thursday, February 22, 2001 Title: Update the CD firmware Blurb: Some drive makers may need to update the drive’s firmware to improve compatibility with media or to fix unexpected bugs.

In most cases, the firmware (the internal instructions that operate a device) for your CD-ROM, CD-R, or CD-RW drive should be perfectly adequate to last the life of the drive. However, some drive makers may need to update the drive’s firmware in order to improve the drive’s compatibility with certain types of media, or fix unexpected bugs in the drive’s operation. Check with the drive’s manufacturer to see if a firmware update is available. If so, you can usually download and install it yourself according to the manufacturer’s specific instructions. As with all updates, be sure that the firmware update is intended for your exact drive make and model. Installing the wrong firmware version may render the drive inoperative.

Formerly part of Computer Currents, Stephen J. Bigelow’s Computer Advisor column has been resurrected on computeruser.com as a daily tech tip column. Find Stephen at www.dlspubs.com.

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