Hello. I hate to ask this on a 14-page thread, but is anyone willing to help me from scratch in trying to recover from a stupid move? I flashed my ND6500A with one of the booktype setting firmwares, version 2.24, which was fine. It was originally a 2.22 drive, retail. Well, I got a new laptop, and got it to fit in fine, but then I couldn't boot with both the hard disk and the ND6500A in at the same time (if one or the other was in, that was fine). I've since made that laptop work with an older CDRW drive and the hard disk jumped as Device 1, and I don't know what that means. I've been told it should work fine with any optical drive set as secondary master.
In desperation, I went and flashed my ND6500A with the 4.24 firmware, thinking that would set it as slave. I've since found that I can't flash it again, either in Windows or DOS (using an ultimate boot CD and executing flash files from the hard disk). I also can't make either the 6500BOOT or 6500MAIN utilities work. When I run 6500BOOT, it says the drive is already set and that I should run 6500MAIN, which then fails. Whenever I try to flash a firmware, the drive just hangs and flashes. Luckily, I can pop it out of the hot-swappable bay and it still works. In XP, it's listed as having the 4.24 firmware (Liggy's bitset version). In SiSoft Sandra, it shows up as ATA Controller 1 Master, but NOT PRESENT, even though it clearly is present, and works in Windows. I should also say that I can only boot from the ND6500A if I turn off multiboot settings in my BIOS, otherwise, even if I have my Compaq multibay set as first boot option, the computer defaults to the hard drive.
What I'd really like to do is somehow get the drive back to its original firmware line (2.2x). I think the 6500BOOT and 6500MAIN tools might be the key, but I can't really figure out how to do this. If anyone is willing to help, I'd appreciate it. Also, I'd be happy to dump my firmware and send it along. TIA.