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Question about firmwire or firmware

Discussion in 'PS2 - DVD backup discussion' started by Trainp, Apr 4, 2005.

  1. Trainp

    Trainp Member

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    This might be a dumb question to ask but what does this do? firmwire or firmware whichever its called
     
  2. romero

    romero Regular member

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    Firmware is a software update to the physical gadgets like Mods, DVD-players, DVD-writers etc.
     
  3. 86fierogt

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    Here's some additional information that I often explain to my clients:

    The process of sending a command can be viewed as layers, originating from user input (type this, click that) and ending in your hardware doing something worthwhile (burning a disc).

    Software is sort of the top level, for example Nero or Alcohol 120%. It can't be written with every specific machine command to tell every piece of hardware in the world exactly how to work or programs would be huge, so it sends generic signals to the next lowest layer (drivers).

    Drivers are files on your computer that use the generic software instructions and pass on more specific instructions to firmware. Drivers also allow the use of special features of your hardware. This is why some hardware won't do everything it's supposed to if you just use a generic driver.

    This data eventually reaches the piece of hardware. Hardware often has "flash memory" built in that can be updated by software. The info in this flash memory is called firmware becuase it's not hardware, and not quite software either. It is the receiving end for the drivers' specific instrutions and is what actually operates the hardware device - thus incorrect drivers can send specific instrutions that the firmware can't understand. Most firmware can understand generic commands, so generic drivers will usually work, but not necessarily very well.

    The operating system is sometimes technically viewed as another layer on top of the drivers, upon which the software runs. But whatever.

    Hopefully someone can learn something from this. :)

    - Dr. J
     
  4. neo_naz

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    does anyone know where i can download the firmware upgrade?
     
  5. keras

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    for a firmware upgrade, look at the brand website for the burner you have, like

    lite-on
    NEC
    Pioneer
    Sony

    then go to downloads, if there is one available, it should be there. You can also use 3rd party drivers by doing a google search.

    I would only try upgrading firmware if you're having problems, as flashing the drive may cause damage.
     

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