100% Firmware Downgrade for ASUS BW-16D1HT and LG BH16NS55

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leadlight
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Re: 100% Firmware Downgrade for ASUS BW-16D1HT and LG BH16NS

Post by leadlight » Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:52 pm

Success

I had a LG WH16NS40 w/ a svc code of NS50 w/ a November 2017 manufacture date and 1.03 firmware

I followed the instructions dumping the firmware using the DOS method
I sent my dump to TeddyRaspin. And then was able to downgrade to 1.02 using a firmware he sent me, along with the "Flashing the firmware using the DOSFLASH modified method"

Pipow
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Re: 100% Firmware Downgrade for ASUS BW-16D1HT and LG BH16NS

Post by Pipow » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:15 pm

"Good" firmware are still in stock, just bought mine as bulk from amazon prime eu
Got firmware 3.01 :o
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TeddyRaspin
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Re: 100% Firmware Downgrade for ASUS BW-16D1HT and LG BH16NS

Post by TeddyRaspin » Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:41 am

Finally updated my own guide with the Windows Method for better use. :wink:

met_fan
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Re: 100% Firmware Downgrade for ASUS BW-16D1HT and LG BH16NS

Post by met_fan » Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:56 pm

mike admin wrote: So while this method indeed works and produces amazing results, be very careful to follow the instructions closely. If unsure - just wait for more user-friendly tools to be released. There will be another announcement on this forum.
Has there been any further word on this? I'd love to wait for this solution rather than sell my LG external drive with bad firmware and take a chance on buying another drive.

macerie
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Re: 100% Firmware Downgrade for ASUS BW-16D1HT and LG BH16NS

Post by macerie » Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:23 pm

Hi guys, i hope to be in the "right" topic.
I have an ASUS BW-16D1H-U PRO, that should be the USB version of the BW-16D1HT.
I just upgraded the firmware to the new one, they called it FW A203, the stock one was the A201 (December 2016 manufactured).
Unfortunately there is no other FW to download from the Asus support site.
Can someone help me to find the flash tool with the A201 FW?
Thank you

Woodstock
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Re: 100% Firmware Downgrade for ASUS BW-16D1HT and LG BH16NS

Post by Woodstock » Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:36 pm

Unless something has changed in the last 90 days, the BW-16D1H-U series do NOT use the same drives as the SATA BW16s, and they are not BD-XL capable.
How to aid in finding the answer to your problem: https://www.makemkv.com/faq/item/8

josephmyates
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Re: 100% Firmware Downgrade for ASUS BW-16D1HT and LG BH16NS

Post by josephmyates » Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:17 am

TeddyRaspin wrote: - Maybe someone could try, via DOSFLASH (the DOS modified version), to force to flash a NS50 firmware on a NS40 device and see if it works (after importing needed data, of course).
Hi you all,
Just got a LG BH16NS40 (Oct 2015) SVC Code NS40

Has anyone been successful at flashing the NS50 firmware onto this NS40 device - and if so what's best way to do this?

Thanks!!

Skopin
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Re: 100% Firmware Downgrade for ASUS BW-16D1HT and LG BH16NS

Post by Skopin » Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:18 am

Does anyone happen to have a firmware file for a WH16NS40 with SVC tag of NS40? I made the mistake of trying to flash to the ASUS 3.02 firmware with this drive before I read about the SVC tag differences, and now the drive doesn't load any discs at all.

Skopin
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Re: 100% Firmware Downgrade for ASUS BW-16D1HT and LG BH16NS

Post by Skopin » Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:01 pm

josephmyates wrote:
TeddyRaspin wrote: - Maybe someone could try, via DOSFLASH (the DOS modified version), to force to flash a NS50 firmware on a NS40 device and see if it works (after importing needed data, of course).
Hi you all,
Just got a LG BH16NS40 (Oct 2015) SVC Code NS40

Has anyone been successful at flashing the NS50 firmware onto this NS40 device - and if so what's best way to do this?

Thanks!!
I don't think there is a way to do this successfully. I tried multiple times, and ended up bricking my drive (tray would open/close, but would not read any discs, even standard blu-rays or DVDs). I had to flash it back to v1.00 that I found for the NS40 tag using DOSFlash, then re-upgraded using the official LG flasher to get it working normally again.

davidahn
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Re: 100% Firmware Downgrade for ASUS BW-16D1HT and LG BH16NS

Post by davidahn » Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:44 am

Report:

1. Asus BW-16D1HT purchased last week from Amazon
came with FW 3.00
Rips UHD perfectly, albeit slowly (about 3-4x). No failures yet on about 20 discs.

2. LG WH16NS40 svc code NS50 purchased this week from Amazon
came with FW 1.03
does NOT recognize UHD discs

Questions:

1. I am planning on downgrading the LG to 1.02; or should I cross flash to Asus 3.02?

2. Would I get any better read performance if I update the Asus to FW 3.02?

Thanks in advance.

alexcoluzzi32

Re: 100% Firmware Downgrade for ASUS BW-16D1HT and LG BH16NS

Post by alexcoluzzi32 » Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:07 pm

So I'm hoping to do something with my WH16NS60 drive. Are these directions still my only option?

Thank you,

Alex

davidahn
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Firmware Downgrade On a Mac?

Post by davidahn » Sun Apr 08, 2018 1:06 am

This is AMAZING, but has anyone successfully done this on a Mac? I'm thinking of trying:

1. USB FreeDOS stick
https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/ye ... ng.238190/ or https://honeypot.net/making-dos-usb-images-on-a-mac/
https://honeypot.net/making-dos-usb-images-on-a-mac/

2. If worse comes to worst, install a VirtualBox and install Windows on it.

Anyone?

David

B17NNS
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Re: Firmware Downgrade On a Mac?

Post by B17NNS » Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:58 pm

davidahn wrote:This is AMAZING, but has anyone successfully done this on a Mac?
Same question from me. I've bought an ASUS BW-16D1HT and one of these enclosures.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/OWC-Mercury- ... rmvSB=true

Computer is a Mac Mini.

davidahn
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Re: Firmware Downgrade On a Mac?

Post by davidahn » Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:52 pm

B17NNS wrote:
davidahn wrote:This is AMAZING, but has anyone successfully done this on a Mac?
Same question from me. I've bought an ASUS BW-16D1HT and one of these enclosures.
I just got the OWC case myself; VERY few ODD case options these days, as everyone's gone to thumb drives and those slim drives.

What's your firmware version? Mine's 3.00 and works great. You just have to download the hashed keys and put them in your MakeMKV folder (the path is in your MakeMKV settings). My problem's with my LG drive.

B17NNS
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Re: Firmware Downgrade On a Mac?

Post by B17NNS » Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:50 pm

davidahn wrote:What's your firmware version? Mine's 3.00 and works great. You just have to download the hashed keys and put them in your MakeMKV folder (the path is in your MakeMKV settings).
Enclosure hasn't arrived yet so I don't know.

Manufacture date is September 2017.

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