st4evr wrote: ↑
Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:22 pm
chewy wrote: ↑
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:18 am
Can anyone else vouch for the FW 3.02 blocking certain discs that 3.01 will support?
That's not how this works. Between the two 3.02 firmware revisions released by ASUS either the loophole is present and allows for ripping or it's been patched/fixed and disallows ripping. It's black and white. No gray area where some discs will work and some will not.
You either have the "clean" revision or you don't, in which case you need to downgrade to a previous version or flash the clean revision of 3.02 if you don't.
First off just want to thank everyone for the info on here, which I've.. erm.. been reading for over two weeks before I joined
I can comfirm what st4ever said above, in answer to chewy, and what a few others on here have said...
There ARE diffent Asus BW-16D1HT drives available supposedly on the same v3.02 f/w release, but Asus must have tweaked the v3.02 at the end of 2017, or the beginning of 2018, and then also realesed it as v3.03 for drives on v3.02 (or earlier) that had the 'un-tweaked' version, as the tweaked version of v3.02 DOES remove the abilty to read UHD pressed discs, just as v3.03 does.
The 1st drive I purchased was the Asus BC-12D2HT from Currys in the UK, and it had the v3.00 f/w on it, and it worked with MakeMKV right out of the box. Then I realsied it wasn't a Blu-ray buner, it only reads Blu-ray and DVD's, but only writes to DVD - and M-Disc, which is what made me think it was a Blu-ray writer
So I then decided to purchase an Asus BW-16D1HT from Amazon, which btw was the OEM version in a retail box, not the retail version in a retail box
It is the same drive, but the variant is "90DD0200-B28000" for model number, and when I installed it, it MakeMKV rerported it had v3.02 f/w
Put in a DVD and it could see all the vob's, even under Windows 10 File Manager, same for a Blu-Ray could see all the video files, the full file structure, but put in a UHD disc... spun for a few seconds, stopped... nothing, no disc inserted, under Windows 10 File Manager or MakeMKV.
What I did notice, was when I ran MakeMKV, when I seleteced the BC-12D2HT it said "Highest AACS version: xx" under the right window, when I selected the BW-16D1HT... it didn't.
After reading everything on here, I decide to flash the drive to v3.00 f/w, using the (Windows Method) on this great guide on here : viewtopic.php?f=16&t=17058
and the 'Clean' v3.00 f/w from here the 1st link from Badnews in the last posts here: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=17058
Worked like a charm
The BW-16D1HT now reports as v3.00 f/w in MakeMKV and reads UHD discs without a problem, and again I can see the entire file strucure in Windows 10 File Manger
Did a full rip of Star Trek Beyond UHD HDR to Mkv, and streamed it back from my NAS drive to my Panasonic 4k TV.
So once again, many thanks to all, I hope this helps anyone else who has the same problem I did.
Now all I've got to do is find a good solution for burining the Mkv to 50Gb discs, as a Blu-ray... more digging methinks.