NEW OPTION: 'UHD Friendly' Firmware Downgrade / Cross-Flash Using Official (Modified) ASUS Flasher for ASUS & LG Drives

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Re: NEW OPTION: 'UHD Friendly' Firmware Downgrade / Cross-Flash Using Official (Modified) ASUS Flasher for ASUS & LG Dri

Post by MartyMcNuts » Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:44 pm

MD2020 wrote:
Wed Aug 12, 2020 5:03 pm
I have spent a lot of time reading the forums trying to educate myself before attempting to flash the firmware on my blu-ray drive. I think I have a basic understanding now but since I am a complete noob at this I wanted to ask a few questions. I have an LG Slim Portable (external) blu-ray/dvd writer. Model number BP50NB40, svc code NB50. Made in April 2017. Firmware revision 1.01, drive platform MT1959.

1. Can I uses the Modified Asus flasher?
2. Will the "(hybrid = HBD) firmware for the BP50NB40. Firmware BP60NB10_1.00_MK_HBD" work for me or is it only for the desktop version?
3. If I understand correctly, before I use the hybrid firmware listed above, I need to first updated with the latest MK firmware pack that matches my model. Is that correct?
  • Yes, use the modified ASUS flasher.
  • Yes, the hybrid firmware only works for the BP50NB40.
  • Yes. Flash drive to BP50NB40 1.01 MK firmware first. Then flash BP60NB10_1.00_MK_HBD. If you ever want/need to go back to BP50NB40 firmware, flash BP50NB40_1.01_MK_HBD, then flash BP50NB40 1.01 MK firmware.
Cheers :D
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Re: NEW OPTION: 'UHD Friendly' Firmware Downgrade / Cross-Flash Using Official (Modified) ASUS Flasher for ASUS & LG Dri

Post by jhan94 » Fri Aug 14, 2020 4:58 pm

Just registered to make this post... thank you so much for providing the flash tool.
It worked so easily and flawlessly.
And thanks to those who created the firmware flashes.
You guys are great!

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Re: NEW OPTION: 'UHD Friendly' Firmware Downgrade / Cross-Flash Using Official (Modified) ASUS Flasher for ASUS & LG Dri

Post by jerryfudd81 » Tue Sep 01, 2020 11:38 am

jerryfudd81 wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 5:52 pm
SamuriHL wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 5:34 pm
That's the latest and greatest. And yea, apparently the sleep bug is NOT actually fixed in MK 3.10. Ah well, at least it works well.
ah good stuff, thanks for the update :D
Ok, I admit it I'm a terrible human being and only pop on when I have a problem :roll: - but that was in another thread :lol:

While I'm here is the MK3.10 still the goto for the Asus BW-16D1HT?

Bar the sleep bug the drives still running tip top :D

Going to take a read through the 30 pages I've missed :shock:

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Re: NEW OPTION: 'UHD Friendly' Firmware Downgrade / Cross-Flash Using Official (Modified) ASUS Flasher for ASUS & LG Dri

Post by SamuriHL » Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:03 pm

I run ns60 firmware on all my drives including the Asus. It's been the most stable firmware for me.

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Re: NEW OPTION: 'UHD Friendly' Firmware Downgrade / Cross-Flash Using Official (Modified) ASUS Flasher for ASUS & LG Dri

Post by jerryfudd81 » Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:11 pm

SamuriHL wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:03 pm
I run ns60 firmware on all my drives including the Asus. It's been the most stable firmware for me.

Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
thanks, I'll take a read on that.

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Re: NEW OPTION: 'UHD Friendly' Firmware Downgrade / Cross-Flash Using Official (Modified) ASUS Flasher for ASUS & LG Dri

Post by MaximRecoil » Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:08 am

I recently bought a new LG WH14NS40, SVC code: NS50, manufactured May 29, 2020. It's connected to a SATA port on my motherboard and I'm running Windows 10 version 1909:
Drive Information
OS device name: F:
Manufacturer: HL-DT-ST
Product: BD-RE WH14NS40
Revision: 1.04
Serial number:
Firmware date: 2119-01-04 13:51
Bus encryption flags: 17
Highest AACS version: 66

LibreDrive Information
Status: Possible (with patched firmware)
Drive platform: MT1959
Harware support: Yes
Firmware support: No
Firmware type: Original (patched version available)
Firmware version: 1.04
DVD all regions: Possible (with patched firmware)
BD raw data read: Possible (with patched firmware)
BD raw metadata read: Possible (with patched firmware)
Unrestricted read speed: Possible (with patched firmware)
I've downloaded the "(Modified) ASUS ODD FW Changer (24.08.2019) + UHD Friendly Firmwares + Latest MK Pack (20.07.2020)" file from the opening post in this thread, and from looking at the files in it, it looks like my options are:

DE_LG_WH14NS40_1.02_NS50.bin

Or:

HL-DT-ST-BD-RE_WH14NS40-NS50-1.05-NM00900-212005061444.bin

Or:

First HL-DT-ST-BD-RE_WH14NS40-NS50-1.05-NM00900-212005061444.bin, then DE_LG_WH14NS40_1.02_NS50.bin

Is that correct? If so, is there a consensus on which is the best way to go?

Also, are there any downsides to changing the firmware compared to leaving it as-is? UHD functionality isn't particularly important to me (though I do like the idea of LibreDrive functionality), though it would be nice to have if there are no downsides. I don't see myself buying any UHD Blu-rays unless I encounter an instance where a good transfer of a movie I want only exists on UHD, in which case I'd buy it, rip it, and re-encode it to 1080p (and de-HDR it during the re-encoding process).

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Re: NEW OPTION: 'UHD Friendly' Firmware Downgrade / Cross-Flash Using Official (Modified) ASUS Flasher for ASUS & LG Dri

Post by Billycar11 » Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:45 pm

MaximRecoil wrote:
Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:08 am

Is that correct? If so, is there a consensus on which is the best way to go?
WH16NS60 1.02MK
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=19634
Buy a UHD drive from the guide and how to video maker: https://www.makemkv.com/forum/viewtopic ... 20&t=17831
UHD Drives Guide: https://www.makemkv.com/forum/viewtopic ... 16&t=19634
Auto self flash kit Email me for one Billycar5924@gmail.com

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Re: NEW OPTION: 'UHD Friendly' Firmware Downgrade / Cross-Flash Using Official (Modified) ASUS Flasher for ASUS & LG Dri

Post by MaximRecoil » Fri Sep 04, 2020 4:45 pm

Billycar11 wrote:
Fri Sep 04, 2020 3:45 pm
WH16NS60 1.02MK
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=19634
Is that the "HL-DT-ST-BD-RE_WH16NS60-1.02-NM00100-211810291936.bin" file from the "old" folder? And that's better than the "HL-DT-ST-BD-RE_WH16NS60-1.03-NM00600-212005081010.bin" file in the "HL-DT-ST" folder?

By the way, I already flashed my drive with the "HL-DT-ST-BD-RE_WH14NS40-NS50-1.05-NM00900-212005061444.bin" file:
Drive Information
OS device name: F:
Manufacturer: HL-DT-ST
Product: BD-RE WH14NS40
Revision: 1.05
Serial number:
Firmware date: 2120-05-06 14:44
Bus encryption flags: 17
Highest AACS version: 66

LibreDrive Information
Status: Enabled
Drive platform: MT1959
Firmware type: Patched (microcode access re-enabled)
Firmware version: 1.05
DVD all regions: Yes
BD raw data read: Yes
BD raw metadata read: Yes
Unrestricted read speed: Yes
And it's working fine. Can it be flashed again with the WH16NS60 firmware?

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Re: NEW OPTION: 'UHD Friendly' Firmware Downgrade / Cross-Flash Using Official (Modified) ASUS Flasher for ASUS & LG Dri

Post by stegenga » Fri Sep 04, 2020 9:50 pm

Well..... I (think I) followed the instructions. Used the video and paused it at each step as I flashed the firmware. Now, no matter what disc I through at it, it says "No disc inserted". It will control the drive. So I flashed back to the original LG firmware. Same result. Searched here to find solution but didn't see anything specific to my dilema.

Do I now have a brick? Let me know if you need more details. Jerry.

LG WH14NS40
flashed - DE_flash_HL-DT-ST_BD-RE_WH14NS40_1.02_NS50.bin 2/5/2019 6:11 PM

-after flash-
MakeMKV.png
MakeMKV.png (43.38 KiB) Viewed 2547 times
DVD_HW.png
DVD_HW.png (15.06 KiB) Viewed 2547 times

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Re: NEW OPTION: 'UHD Friendly' Firmware Downgrade / Cross-Flash Using Official (Modified) ASUS Flasher for ASUS & LG Dri

Post by MartyMcNuts » Fri Sep 04, 2020 11:32 pm

stegenga wrote:
Fri Sep 04, 2020 9:50 pm
Well..... I (think I) followed the instructions. Used the video and paused it at each step as I flashed the firmware. Now, no matter what disc I through at it, it says "No disc inserted". It will control the drive. So I flashed back to the original LG firmware. Same result. Searched here to find solution but didn't see anything specific to my dilema.

Do I now have a brick? Let me know if you need more details. Jerry.

LG WH14NS40
flashed - DE_flash_HL-DT-ST_BD-RE_WH14NS40_1.02_NS50.bin 2/5/2019 6:11 PM

-after flash-
MakeMKV.pngDVD_HW.png
How old is the drive?
What SVC code does the sticker on the top of the drive say?
Cheers :D
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Re: NEW OPTION: 'UHD Friendly' Firmware Downgrade / Cross-Flash Using Official (Modified) ASUS Flasher for ASUS & LG Dri

Post by stegenga » Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:20 pm

Thank you for your quick response. I purchased it on July 23, 2014. The case is rackmounted so I will need a gap to get into the enclosure and check the label. Will get that info to you when I do. Thank you again, Jerry.

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Re: NEW OPTION: 'UHD Friendly' Firmware Downgrade / Cross-Flash Using Official (Modified) ASUS Flasher for ASUS & LG Dri

Post by Billycar11 » Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:56 am

stegenga wrote:
Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:20 pm
Thank you for your quick response. I purchased it on July 23, 2014. The case is rackmounted so I will need a gap to get into the enclosure and check the label. Will get that info to you when I do. Thank you again, Jerry.
that already answers the question dont waste your time your drive was to old needed to be 2015+you didnt follow the guide requirements here: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=19634
Buy a UHD drive from the guide and how to video maker: https://www.makemkv.com/forum/viewtopic ... 20&t=17831
UHD Drives Guide: https://www.makemkv.com/forum/viewtopic ... 16&t=19634
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Re: NEW OPTION: 'UHD Friendly' Firmware Downgrade / Cross-Flash Using Official (Modified) ASUS Flasher for ASUS & LG Dri

Post by stegenga » Sun Sep 06, 2020 4:08 am

OK.Got it.

"IMPORTANT Before you flash:
1. Make sure your Drive was built after 2015"

The devil is in the details. Guess I am down to ordering a pre-flashed drive.

Thank you. Jerry.

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Re: NEW OPTION: 'UHD Friendly' Firmware Downgrade / Cross-Flash Using Official (Modified) ASUS Flasher for ASUS & LG Dri

Post by subzero » Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:30 am

hi. i got new LG drive thats 1.05FW. when i crossflash 3.10 i get an error failure #5. ive tried different methods and nothing seems to downgrade. any ideas lmk thanks advance!

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Re: NEW OPTION: 'UHD Friendly' Firmware Downgrade / Cross-Flash Using Official (Modified) ASUS Flasher for ASUS & LG Dri

Post by BIGTOM221 » Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:32 am

Hello I am new here so don’t bit my head off for asking stupid questions I am learning. I am thinking of buying a ASUS BW-16D1HT I have read a few processes of downgrading the firmware and have a slight grasp but before I downgrade the firmware the ASUS_ODD_FW_Changer_(Modified).exe has already pre-selected version 3.02 someone mentioned the Asus BW-16D1HT 3.10 Firmware which is the better firmware to use I know to a lot of you this will be elementary but I do not want to brick an £85 dvd drive but rather I wish to make it UHD friendly for ripping. Also, what links can you give to make sure this process goes smoothly.

Also I wish to flash or downgrade a LG-BH16NS40 I do not have any of these drives but rather would order them from e bay or amazon is this a easy process or is it an expensive bricking method now I am prepared to read how to do this so if anyone can give me links to read before I proceed and links for the firmware and tools to process the firmware downgrades.

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