Sony DRU-120A Firmware Upgrade on Windows XP
Burning has been pretty unreliable with my own Sony DRU-120A drive and I’ve been tearing my hair out trying to upgrade the firmware. Here is what you need to do:
# Download the firmware update that is latest for the DRU-120A from the Sony site. The location keeps changing, so I’m not going to hard link to it. Google search for Sony and goto support.
# Remove the ASPI drivers from the machine. Apparently, if there are ASPI drivers that get installed by say Nero, this really confuses the RWFlash utility. I actually had to go in and manually remove the WNASPI and other DLLs. If you do this, then RWFlash is smart enough to find the drive, otherwise it complains about ASPI Manager not present.
# Flip the Sony DRU-120A into PIO Mode. This is not mentioned on the support web site, but is something that you need to do. Otherwise, the firmware flash says it can’t read things.
# Run the firmware upgrader and then make sure that when you reboot, you flip the machine back to DMA if available mode. See the entry on the DRU-510A upgrade on how to do this flip with Windows XP. It is amazingly complicated.
The firmware the drive had was 1.13 and the latest as of today was 1.51. Now lets see if the DVD+RW creation doesn’t have stutters and other flaws.