Heads up - Support for LG UHD drives

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MartyMcNuts
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Re: Heads up - Support for LG UHD drives

Post by MartyMcNuts » Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:31 pm

jonghotti wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:54 pm
Remember what really matters with a true "Official" drive is a the presence of the UltraHD Blu Ray logo.
So can anyone verify that with this interim MK firmware the BP60NB10 drive now works?
Is flashing over the USB port now possible?
Try it and see. I have a feeling the flashers won't like the enclosure though. Still worth a try. It will either work or it won't.

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Re: Heads up - Support for LG UHD drives

Post by jonghotti » Sun Mar 24, 2019 2:21 am

spl147 wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:30 pm
I flashed both my BU40N and my WH16NS60 over usb, using vantec enclosures
So the USB cable that comes with the enclosure and that's it? What flasher needs to be used with this?

I desperately need to be able to dump the firmware off one of these BP60NB10s, get it cleaned, and get these fuckers working. They've been gathering dust for months. Thank you.

Alex

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Re: Heads up - Support for LG UHD drives

Post by MartyMcNuts » Sun Mar 24, 2019 2:40 am

jonghotti wrote:
Sun Mar 24, 2019 2:21 am
spl147 wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:30 pm
I flashed both my BU40N and my WH16NS60 over usb, using vantec enclosures
So the USB cable that comes with the enclosure and that's it? What flasher needs to be used with this?

I desperately need to be able to dump the firmware off one of these BP60NB10s, get it cleaned, and get these fuckers working. They've been gathering dust for months. Thank you.

Alex
Alex,

Try the modified ASUS flasher from viewtopic.php?f=16&t=18933 to flash it.

Both the LG and the ASUS flashers can be a bit picky with some enclosures & SATA / USB adapter cables though, so you may get an error. It's worth a try though. If the flashing works then Mike's MK firmware is all you need for this drive (assuming it is UHD friendly?).

Let us know how you go!


PS: There is still no way other than DOSFLASH to dump a firmware though. I assume Mike extracted the firmware from the official LG BP60NB10 flasher and made his modifications to it.

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Re: Heads up - Support for LG UHD drives

Post by jonghotti » Sun Mar 24, 2019 3:08 am

I need to get confirmation from him that the initial dump and cleaning has been done. That’s been on my list of things to do for awhile and I’ve got 5 of these bad boys to sell.

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Re: Heads up - Support for LG UHD drives

Post by spl147 » Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:53 am

If it’s in his MK firmware package then it’s ready! No need to dump it, those days are over!!!! Try it and find out


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Re: Heads up - Support for LG UHD drives

Post by mike admin » Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:46 pm

MartyMcNuts wrote:
Sun Mar 24, 2019 2:40 am
PS: There is still no (public) way other than DOSFLASH to dump a firmware though.
emphasis mine. There are still few methods available, that work over USB :)

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Re: Heads up - Support for LG UHD drives

Post by SamuriHL » Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:12 am

mike admin wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:46 pm
emphasis mine. There are still few methods available, that work over USB :)
Boy, wouldn't it sure be nice if a tool were made available to be able to do that....publicly. ;) :D

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Re: Heads up - Support for LG UHD drives

Post by jonghotti » Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:36 am

SamuriHL wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:12 am
mike admin wrote:
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:46 pm
emphasis mine. There are still few methods available, that work over USB :)
Boy, wouldn't it sure be nice if a tool were made available to be able to do that....publicly. ;) :D
He said "tool" huh huh, huh huh.

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Re: Heads up - Support for LG UHD drives

Post by BinkIE1 » Sun May 26, 2019 8:14 pm

I've read allot on the forum ... probably too much ... and am confused about what belongs where. (Would "archiving" the obsolete/old-info/wrong-info threads help?)

So, where do I stand with this (from the slim-drive label):
HL Data Storage (Hitachi-LG) UHD Blu-ray / DVD Rewriter
ROM ver: 0415
model: BU50N
[barcode] RoHS
manufactured: May 2016
Is there (official?) software to give other needed information from this drive?
Thanks for any direction in this.

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Re: Heads up - Support for LG UHD drives

Post by jonghotti » Mon May 27, 2019 12:41 am

BinkIE1 wrote:
Sun May 26, 2019 8:14 pm
I've read allot on the forum ... probably too much ... and am confused about what belongs where. (Would "archiving" the obsolete/old-info/wrong-info threads help?)

So, where do I stand with this (from the slim-drive label):
HL Data Storage (Hitachi-LG) UHD Blu-ray / DVD Rewriter
ROM ver: 0415
model: BU50N
[barcode] RoHS
manufactured: May 2016
Is there (official?) software to give other needed information from this drive?
Thanks for any direction in this.
Hmm, this is a tough one. Is there a service code printed on the sticker on this drive? Actually no, if it says UHD Blu Ray it's gotta be the right generation. So firmware for the BU40N, version 1.00, either DE or MK will work on this drive. And that would be located in the first response here https://www.makemkv.com/forum/viewtopic ... 19&t=19113
There may be firmware for the BU50N as well in there.

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Re: Heads up - Support for LG UHD drives

Post by maxblack » Mon May 27, 2019 3:04 pm

I looked and that firmware pack by mike admin does have BU50N in it. And the modified LG Flasher that may help is well-buried in the drive.google link in this post:

https://www.makemkv.com/forum/viewtopic ... x0r#p70284

The flasher is (oddly) named this: BH14NS40_N1.00-A4_patched.exe !? but do not use the embedded fw of course.

Let us know if you proceed and are successful flashing your drive!

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Re: Heads up - Support for LG UHD drives

Post by BinkIE1 » Mon May 27, 2019 7:48 pm

Thanks guys!
[I'm pleased to discover I had noted-to-self your recommended threads ... and flagged the right firmware (for BU50N), but wrong updater (ASUS), from other threads.]

Now just run updater "BH14NS40_N1.00-A4_patched", load the proper firmware "HL-DT-ST-BD-RE_BU50N-1.00-NM00100-211711211006.bin" for the "DE" patch & MMKV updates ... and that's it in a single step? Excellent!

Is there any need (here) for this firmware version? Or if I need to restore the drive to it's original firmware, is one available (anywhere)?

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Re: Heads up - Support for LG UHD drives

Post by BinkIE1 » Wed May 29, 2019 1:08 am

As I couldn't find my original firmware online (so far), to restore it in case something is needed from it in my day-to-day operations, I thought to test this on same-make-model-year, but flaky, drive. And it worked perfectly! Thanks again for the guidance, guys! If I can find my original firmware "0420" and can apply it back to the drive, that would be awesome ... and I'd immediately downgrade my good drive.

Unfortunately I couldn't further test it with MakeMKV as it's flakiness interfered with reading a UHD disc (same problem it always had with standard DVDs & Blu-rays).

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Re: Heads up - Support for LG UHD drives

Post by MartyMcNuts » Wed May 29, 2019 2:14 am

BinkIE1 wrote:
Wed May 29, 2019 1:08 am
As I couldn't find my original firmware online (so far), to restore it in case something is needed from it in my day-to-day operations, I thought to test this on same-make-model-year, but flaky, drive. And it worked perfectly! Thanks again for the guidance, guys! If I can find my original firmware "0420" and can apply it back to the drive, that would be awesome ... and I'd immediately downgrade my good drive.

Unfortunately I couldn't further test it with MakeMKV as it's flakiness interfered with reading a UHD disc (same problem it always had with standard DVDs & Blu-rays).
You could use the old dosflash method to extract your firmware if you have the system requirements (and any required adapters).

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Re: Heads up - Support for LG UHD drives

Post by BinkIE1 » Wed May 29, 2019 4:07 pm

I was afraid of that. :O

I do have an old system (I think IDE was the key to using that method, from what I've noticed in browsing) ... but must do some digging to get it setup. Is there a best & fool-proof & up-to-date procedure, with step-by-step instructions, here?

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