first off, please excuse me for my grammatical errors, as i am in a rush, but i am in dire need of your help. im still a newbie to computers so please go easy on me. second, regarding the problem. i have an emprex, lite-on, and a samsung DVD burner. emprex and lite-on has a similar problem, where they can no longer burn anything, but will read discs just fine (actually they read better now that their burning capabilities are not there :X). both are on their updated firmware, so i dont know if it is possible to fix it at all. as for the samsung, its the SH-S182M model that i have seen on this site a few times, but my problem is unlike those that i have found. i tried to update the firmware, but after it failed, i went into safe mode to retry, but now i think it is dead. the firmware is now "BOOT" instead of SB04 (what it supposed to update to). the drive no longer respond to any interface, but through the computer or by pushing the eject button. if i try to update it again, it would freeze my computer and forcing me to physically reboot the comp. im sure that isn't healthy for my computer... again, i am sorry for the bad grammatical errors (especially not capitalizing the letters). thanks in advance. if you need more information, just reply back. thanks again.