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Cloning the Microcode and Settings of an Optical Drive

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117939D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Goodman, BG [+details]

Abstract

Updating microcode in the field or in distribution warehouses can be time consuming and difficult for several drives or more. It requires that each device be connected to a computer interface with a host computer. The host computer must issue a series of commands to the device and then wait for the programming and setup to complete. Microcode Download Through Media Insertion solves the problem of computer interface and host computer, but it creates a new problem with microcode distribution because the optical media is very expensive and special tools must be written to create the media.