WH16NS40 Flasher

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avenger09123
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WH16NS40 Flasher

Post by avenger09123 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:22 am

For anyone looking - I read through pages and pages of forum posts to bring you this one simple and easily understood set of paragraphs - I bought an LG WH16NS40 with 1.04 firmware on it, and rented two 4k blu-rays. The drive would not even recognize the disc was present after spinning up.
Long story short -

Download the zip below - open the flasher tool. Select the folder with the arrow in it and select the firmware that says 3.10 in the title. Flash it. Restart. Then flash the second firmware in it - which has the correct model name in it and is UHD friendly courtesy of our genius friends here in the forums. Thank you, you all have helped greatly.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hrKH-o ... sp=sharing

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Re: WH16NS40 Flasher

Post by SamuriHL » Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:56 am

This post is almost guaranteed to cause problems I'm afraid. This does not give people enough information to SAFELY flash an NS40 drive. Why? Because not all NS40 drives are made the same. People MUST check the sticker on the drive and can ONLY flash drives with the NS50 SVC code on the sticker. Meaning drives manufactured after late 2015. If they attempt to flash a non-NS50 SVC code NS40 drive, they will brick it in a way that's a massive pain in the ass to fix. So while your instructions are great for those with the proper drive, far too many people don't heed the warning to check the sticker on the drive before blindly flashing and end up with a bricked drive. Therefore, I'm posting this to warn people that these instructions will work great for the proper drive, but, be careful.

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Re: WH16NS40 Flasher

Post by avenger09123 » Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:39 am

SamuriHL wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:56 am
This post is almost guaranteed to cause problems I'm afraid. This does not give people enough information to SAFELY flash an NS40 drive. Why? Because not all NS40 drives are made the same. People MUST check the sticker on the drive and can ONLY flash drives with the NS50 SVC code on the sticker. Meaning drives manufactured after late 2015. If they attempt to flash a non-NS50 SVC code NS40 drive, they will brick it in a way that's a massive pain in the ass to fix. So while your instructions are great for those with the proper drive, far too many people don't heed the warning to check the sticker on the drive before blindly flashing and end up with a bricked drive. Therefore, I'm posting this to warn people that these instructions will work great for the proper drive, but, be careful.
Okay good point - this is for Feb 2019 and newer drives that come with 1.04 firmware on them.

It needs to be updated in the latest -mk package because the label on the folder is literally "WH16NS40-NS50" and it only contains one bin file with the same label. I don't know anyone who would not assume it would fit both service codes without doing a bunch of reading as well. I most certainly didn't get that impression with my reading, although it wasn't what I was looking for so I could have missed it.

Lets add to the fact that the latest -mk firmware now contains a firmware for only 6 months of a drive being out, and not the last 4 years of the same drive in an earlier revision? Sounds odd to the common sense test to me...

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Re: WH16NS40 Flasher

Post by aa0nn » Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:46 am

I just received my WH16NS40 optical drive from Amazon yesterday, manufactured Feb 2019, Service code NS50, but the firmware version is 1.03. The original post indicated this flasher program will work only with 1.04. Is there a solution for the version I have? Thank you.

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Re: WH16NS40 Flasher

Post by Billycar11 » Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:25 am

Pinned on top of uhd drive section I have videos and everything

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Re: WH16NS40 Flasher

Post by avenger09123 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:55 am

Billycar11 wrote:
Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:25 am
Pinned on top of uhd drive section I have videos and everything
+1 to this. In theory - according to everything I have read, the unlocked flasher was built to handle the protections that showed up in 1.03, though that may have never been fully implemented.

That being said - the videos are a great help. If you have questions this is a great community to answer them.

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Re: WH16NS40 Flasher

Post by SamuriHL » Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:10 am

avenger09123 wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:55 am
+1 to this. In theory - according to everything I have read, the unlocked flasher was built to handle the protections that showed up in 1.03, though that may have never been fully implemented.
I'm not sure what you read or think you read, but, this is very wrong. The patched flashers have nothing to do with getting around the protections in these new firmware versions. It's the MK firmware that Mike creates that do so. The latest firmware versions for several drives disables the normal "Downgrade Enabled" firmware that we've all been using. They've added additional protection to also remove dosflash compatibility. Mike patches those firmware versions to create MK versions that allow LibreDrive to work. And they restore the ability to downgrade should you desire the ability to do so. That's the magic sauce, as it were. The patched flashers simply allow flashing these firmware to various drives.

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Re: WH16NS40 Flasher

Post by avenger09123 » Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:47 am

Okay, cool. Well I guess I could be more specific - but as I was reading some of the longer threads relating to this drive - it appeared that the work was being done to the flasher itself rather than the firmware being put on the drive as it wasn't even getting to the point of being able to attempt to START to flash the new firmware on it due to the 1.04 protections, and I could have been wrong, again, that was just my impression at the time of writing.

That being said - Mike apparently hasn't patched the latest MK firmware yet to handle these new NS50 1.04 drives.
I tried the straight flashing with the -mk version for ours.
I tried the bit modification at 0x0c156 or wherever (can't remember) going to DE from FF.
Given that ONLY the workaround that's functional right now flashing the 3.10 firmware on it and then reverting to the 1.03 -mk version, I just wanted to save someone else the 2 hours of reading and experimentation.

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Re: WH16NS40 Flasher

Post by SamuriHL » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:07 am

You can use the ns55 mk 1.04 in place of the asus firmware. That's been released and at least keeps it in the family so to speak. Mike can patch any of these newer firmware for mk but he has to have the firmware bin to do it.

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Re: WH16NS40 Flasher

Post by pritisikka » Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:25 am

Thanks for sharing this great post :)

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Re: WH16NS40 Flasher

Post by zym1010 » Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:14 pm

Thx for this post! It's simple and working.

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