Yes, first I connected the device via RS232 which doesn't work. I took the new drive out and connected it to the computer. It
worked and I was able to find the volume of the wrong firmware in it.
This is what Meridian answered:
Like you, if drives with inappropriate firmware come into our possession, we are unable to use them. Our solution was to buy all the refurbished drives we could find which were already loaded with appropriate firmware.
The program “Meridian.exe” is used to configure settings on 500 series surround processors, but it has no provision for accessing the firmware on ROM drives. Please note: the DVS firmware on the drive is completely independent from the firmware loaded to the product via the RS232 socket.
We used some batches of the DRL200 drive in place of the DSL7xx drives over the years. If it has appropriate firmware loaded, it can be used on 588 as well as 596. Some of our DRL200s had a slower eject mechanism, so they could struggle to open the drawer on 800 series players.
We are sorry that this situation has come to pass as we’d like to support all products we’ve ever made. However, commercial realities make this unfeasible.
Isn't there anybody with an idea to make a new drive work inside 596 respective 588?