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Help switching Samsung sn-m242 cd burner from master to slave

I have a project at work where I have been tasked to set the subject cd writer from master to slave. The only way this can be done is with a firmware upgrade via Win98. (I have the file and upload tool) The only problem is that I do not have a Win98 machine. This is what I have been told should work:

Set up a lead and power cable to a spare CD-RW adapter PCB on the spare Secondary IDE port.

Unzip the files to a folder on the P.C (call it Samsung CD-RW). Create a shortcut to the program SFDNWIN.

Shut down the P.C.

1.Connect a CD-RW and power up the P.C and on the bus scan it will show up as Master.
2.Open the SFDNWIN program and it should find the connected device.
3.Click on the Download File Open button.
4.Select SH01.bin file in the Samsung CD-RW folder.
5.Click on the Start Download button.
6.When done the P.C will prompt to restart Windows.
7.On boot up you will see the CD-RW on the bus scan will change to Slave. 8.Shutdown the P.C and remove the CD-RW.

Is there a way this can be done with another operating system (XP) so I don't have to build a Win98 pc to accomplish this task?


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  • ajfishman Nov 20, 2007

    This CD-RW drive is not being used in a pc. We use them in our digital video recorders for security. (only one CD-RW is being used on the dvr) The hard drive or drives on the dvr take on the master and the burner is also (by default) set to master. We just need to switch the CD ROM to slave. I don't know if that changes your answer?

  • ajfishman Nov 21, 2007

    The device I'm using it for is a Dedicated Micros Digital Sprite 2. (NetVu Connected model) It is a laptop DVD drive that I am trying to switch from Master to Slave. When these burners fail in the field, we are tasked to replace the drives. The problem is, the lot of replacement drives we receive comes in pre-set to Master and I'd like to switch it to slave. There is typically 1 burner and 1 hard drive in the DVR. I have indicated the suggested way (with WIN98) but I really wanted to know why it has to be done there and not with XP or a newer operating system.

  • ajfishman Nov 25, 2007

    I tried with a Win2000 machine and an XP Pro Machine. Neither recognized the cd rw. Not sure if there are any other ways to switch this from master to slave?

  • ajfishman Jan 08, 2008

    Just wondering if anyone else has any other ideas about fixing this problem? I have sent an e-mail to Toshiba Samsung but thought I'd ask again.

  • Anonymous Jul 22, 2008

    im after this doing for a tecra 8200. why are there so many problem with this. it should be plug and play really, if theres a solution. please let me now



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If you are to be using two DVD drives and want one as a slave, hook up both together as you would a hard drive with the ribbon cable. Restart the computer in CMOS by hitting F4 (may be different on your system) If you navigate a little with the arrow keys and the enter button, you will see boot options. Often the DVD player is first or second after Floppy and the hard drive last. Now you should see two DVD drives (if thats what you have), just select it to be a slave. This also works if you have only one DVD drive and want it to be a slave. Just select your DVD device to be the second boot option. Windows XP detects hard ware on its own and should not need any firmware unless the burner is made for Windows 95. If this does not answer your question, let me know.

Posted on Nov 20, 2007

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    Lyle Siemens Nov 20, 2007

    Now I need to know what the name and model of your device is that you are using the drive in. Are you using a DVD drive compatible to PC's or is this a built in burner. I must ask this to help further. Thank you.



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