So, Harold, do you use the same drivers and firmware as in Vista? No specific ones for Windows 7?
I searched the net for new ones but I couldn't find such, as it seems that Panasonic, the Industrial Products Division, which is the producer of this Mat.SH.IT.a brand drive, doesn't publish the updates by itself and leaves the task to the laptop manufacturers, in our case Sony.
As for our beloved Sony, no news at all. They don't offer support and invite you to buy a new machine. AS.SHO.LES. Why should I buy a new machine as my FZ31Z has all the hardware capabilities for running Windows 7 instead of the faulty Vista? And by the way, I paid 1600 euros for it two years ago. Only for now to be forced to buy a new model cause they don't provide support. This defies common sense, for me to benefit from Windows 7 to be subsequently advised to throw out the window a laptop machine in a good shape (more than capable of running W7) and buy a new one.
But, guess what, if I were to buy a new one, it wouldn't be a Sony Vaio anymore. I'm gonna find a brand which is more supportive with their clients. I'm getting tired and I have better things to do then surf the net for entire weeks hoping to find a solution. And I'm more interested in a laptop which works properly than in a nice design.
In my humble opinion, to be a premium brand means to offer a premium support to you clients and not to try such tricks for looting them. As for Sony responsibles, they have no shame and don't give a sh.it about the clients. If they persevere in such attitude they will have the fate of their little sister Sony Ericsson company colleagues, another so-called premium brand which is technically bankrupt and way behind its competitors because of its technique of deceiving customers. Not all of us are imbeciles. So.. Sony, go ahead in this way and enjoy your future bankruptcy!
Last edited by mariofz31z; 16th January 2010 at 07:53 AM.
I used some drivers from the FW488 model. I looked for a system that had Ultimate 32 and most of those drivers work for win7 on the FZ. I did also update the firmware of the drive to 1.04 which i also found in one of the models I forget where since it was probably a year ago or so. I don't know if the firmware helped any with burning.
Thank you Hendra for the link. Unfortunately, neither Roxio has worked. If you have some other suggestion please tell me.
In the meantime I think I'll follow Harold's strategy. Just hope not destroying the computer and have to buy a new one. If so it wouldn't be another one LIKE NO OTHER, cause they couldn't MAKE me BELIEVE.
Last edited by mariofz31z; 16th January 2010 at 03:20 PM.
I've recently noticed by verifying the Device Manager that the update was not installed. You gave me the link for the vers. 184.108.40.2065. I had on the computer the vers. 220.127.116.112 which seems to be win7 compatible. The moment when I try installing the vers. you gave me (in normal way or manually through Device Manager) it returns me to vers. 18.104.22.1682 from 2007.
So, please help me, how could I install this?
Last edited by mariofz31z; 17th January 2010 at 04:32 AM.
I've done a lot of tries with my beloved Mat.SH.IT.a optical device searching for a software fault, including a system recovery back to Vista, but with no prevail.
So, I've run out of software tricks and I've come up to the conclusion that it's a hardware problem, as with both Vista and W7 the drive doesn't read CDs, seems to write them but after this doesn't read them and finds them as being blank CDs, while it reads DVDs very well but doesn't write them. Tried Nero, Roxio, ImgBurn, Ashampoo, etc.
Kinda weird, isn't it? When I try recording a DVD the soft appears to begin writing but it sounds as if the drive wouldn't be properly loaded and the noise is less powerful than normal, and after this the burning software gives me error message and ejects the DVD. Could this be somehow related to laptop's hard drive not being able to properly transfer the data?
I've surfed the net and found lots of somehow similar problems with this marvelous optical drive but not a single real solution. Also this particular drive seems to be quite hard to reach, as having been an OEM Panasonic offer for Sony, Dell, Apple, etc. There are some replacements, most of them refurbished, but I am not quite determined to try such ones.
In concluding this, I would like to ask you guys if anybody has dealt with such problems with this particular type of optical drive and has been able to solve them? And, of course, how could these be solved? Maybe a better built replacement perfectly compatible with computer hard drive or something else?
Thank you very much.
P.S. - If anybody would happen to know this, could it be achievable to FLASH or RESET the optical drive firmware, as the drive isn't completely dead and the problem might be a faulty firmware install?
Last edited by mariofz31z; 2nd May 2010 at 12:19 PM.
I've decided eventually to change the drive. First I contacted Sony Support and one bloody bast.erd told me with no shame that it would cost me no less than 260 euros just to evaluate the issue plus 432 euros the replacement. So, I'd rather buy a new laptop. He also tried avoiding to provide a clear answer about the S termination in the drive name, i.e. what's the difference between UJ-220 vs. UJ-220S vs. UJ-220B, and after lots of insistence told me that one UJ-220 should PROBABLY fit my laptop, but you know, this is on my own risk. No more words about the guy's stunning incompetence as I got tired of Sony Support marvelous service.
So, I've taken the risk, searched for alternative offers on the net and found a couple of. I've bought the unit from China, and it has cost me, you wouldn't believe your eyes, 145 USD with transport up to Europe included. They say this is a brand-new unit and not refurbished one, and I think they are right, at least for first sight. This is theirs website:
And about the compatibility sh.it, it even appears in Device Manager as UJ-220S, as exactly as my old unit. It seems to have been produced in august 2008 while the firmware is 1.00. I've already written / recorded in Win7 one DVD and one BD-RE and everything went flawlessly.
I've also found it on a US website and a UK one and it's more expensive but not so much compared with the offer of Sony looters.
Thank you Vaio_Owner for your answer, but it came too late and I'm sure that my old unit had a hardware fault.
Thank you all, guys, who have tried to help me and I hope for somebody having the same problems to find the remedy inhere and not to waste so much time as I've done.
As for Sony fck.ers, well, as I'm not the type of guy who likes to be cheated, you've just lost another client. For good. FOREVER. I'm gonna tell this story to all people I know, to stay away of Sony looters. Doesn't matter that the product could appear attractive when buying, they're gonna steal you after this anyway. The products use to embed unreliable components which are incredibly expensive at their awful service support and quite difficult to be found somewhere else.
Last edited by mariofz31z; 20th May 2010 at 04:41 PM.
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