Dumping & Downgrading firmware on UHD Friendly Devices.

Discussion in 'CD/DVD/BD Drives' started by TeddyRaspin, Feb 4, 2018.

  1. SamuriHL

    SamuriHL Retired Moderator

    DVD's apparently weren't an issue with cross flashed drives. I never tested one. But BD's were for our NS60. If you're staying "on brand" you shouldn't have any issues. E.G. Flashing one LG firmware to an LG firmware of a different drive should be fine.
     
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  2. Aristeidis Karalis

    Aristeidis Karalis New Member

    Hello.
    I recently bought an external ASUS BW-16D1H-U. It says "Manufactured November 2018".
    Windows device properties show "Driver Date: 21-Jun-2006" and "Driver version: 10.0.15063.1235". AnyDVD HD (v8.3.4.0 - 2019) shows firmware E114.
    My problem (for now) is that one regular Full HD Blu-Ray movie already it cannot read/decode properly, likely due to how old is the installed driver. But I would like to keep it UHD-friendly, if possible.
    How can I tell if mine is a NS4x, NS5x or NS6x and what driver version (A201?) I should upgrade to?
    I tried to flash-out the firmware.bin file with Devilsclaw's LG Renesas Drive Utility, but failed. Would the DOSFLASH method listed at the top of this thread work for an external drive or I should do something different?
    Sorry, not an expert at all, just reading through these threads. Thank you.
     
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2019
  3. Marty S. McFly

    Marty S. McFly Well-Known Member

    There should be a sticker on the top of the drive that says SVC Code: NSXX. IMG_8850 (1).JPG IMG_8856 (1).JPG
     
  4. MartyMcNuts

    MartyMcNuts Well-Known Member

    You need to open the case and remove the drive. Then tell us what you have.
     
  5. Terramex

    Terramex Well-Known Member

    @Aristeidis Karalis
    Firmware E114 indicates a Pioneer drive.
    Just open the tray and make a picture of the front.
     
  6. Aristeidis Karalis

    Aristeidis Karalis New Member

    Unfortunately, you are correct, it's Pioneer. That's what I get, for not following people's suggestions, just to buy something that looks *nicer*. This crap cost me $160!
    Anyway, is there any chance this could become UHD-friendly? If not, should I just do the online ASUS firmware upgrade? (At least to read newer HD BDs.)
     

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  7. MartyMcNuts

    MartyMcNuts Well-Known Member

    Not likely to become UHD Friendly. (at least not any time soon.)
     
  8. jonghotti

    jonghotti Active Member

    This is the Windows cd-rom driver and should be left alone please. It has nothing to do with drive flashing, drive support or any of that.

    I thought the ASUS BW-16D1H-U contained an ASUS drive. It's really a Pioneer inside? That's wild.
     
  9. Terramex

    Terramex Well-Known Member

    It depends, afaik the "newer" ones are all Pioneer.
    Don't know exactly in which time frame they've used Asus drives with A201 & A203.
    @Aristeidis Karalis
    Your only option is to buy an internal ASUS/LG and put it in the external ASUS case.
    If you need instructions how to open it just contact me.
    There are two "hidden" screws in the bottom.
     
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  10. Aristeidis Karalis

    Aristeidis Karalis New Member

    Thank you, I opened it, I had posted an image above in my previous post that shows the Pioneer label. (Those 2 screws were really tough to unscrew!)
    Yeah, I obviously should have bought an internal ASUS/LG with an enclosure, as everybody was suggesting.
    Now, I'm just not sure if can return this, after I opened it. I didn't see any safety tape that would break the warranty though...
    (Plus they are trying to kill UHD Blu-rays anyway (see Samsung), but that's another discussion...)
     
  11. MartyMcNuts

    MartyMcNuts Well-Known Member

    Don't worry about returning it. Just sit the Pioneer drive aside and buy an internal ASUS or LG to put it in the enclosure.
     
  12. BRCS

    BRCS Well-Known Member

    I cross flashed one of my NS60 drives to Asus 3.01 firmware with out any issues it reads 4ks& Blurays and writes them with no problem and it works with anydvdand all dvd function fine everything test just fine my other NS60 drive I have not got around to even trying it yet.
     
  13. SamuriHL

    SamuriHL Retired Moderator

    What kind of BD-R/E's did you try? I fried a BD-RE 25 and testiles fried a bunch of BD-R's trying to burn with the ASUS firmware on that drive. I was able to fix the issue by doing a full flash with dosflash (not a safe method of flashing a drive but was once all we had). After flashing a dump from my ASUS with 3.02 and replacing the drive's encryption data in the firmware I could burn everything.
     
  14. BRCS

    BRCS Well-Known Member

    all I have tried are 25GB BD-Rs that is all i have on hand right now.
     
  15. SamuriHL

    SamuriHL Retired Moderator

    Those failed for us.

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  16. BRCS

    BRCS Well-Known Member

    I guess I got lucky then because I found a BD-RE and it burns that fine too.
     
  17. SamuriHL

    SamuriHL Retired Moderator

    Yea that's odd. We weren't able to make it work.
     
  18. TheEmpathicEar

    TheEmpathicEar Well-Known Member

    Are you guys sure that you are talking about the same discs?
     
  19. theosch

    theosch Well-Known Member

    @How did you convert the BH16NS60 drive? EEPROM data mover method or by hexediting method or other way?

    Just to add. Did a conversion for other person with hexediting method) exactly using Teddies Herange, from his original BH16NS60 copy dump (within manafacturer product line) to BH16NS55 1.03/1.02/1.01/1.00 Clean, and from BH16NS60 original dump to BW-16D1HT 3.03/3.02/3.021/3.00 Clean.
    https://forum.redfox.bz/threads/converting-uhd-friendly-drive-into-uhd-real-and-viceversa.74544/

    And another conversion from BH16NS60 with EEPROM data mover to BH16NS55 and BW-16D1HT to compare.
    The EEPROM data mover certainly seems to output different result (different file checksums) than using with Teddies hexrange method upper link(!) (on a UHD-official->to UHD-friendly-conversion!)
    (I'm 100% certain, did all correctly with the hex offsets and ranges)
    --
    Maybe something of one of those methods (EEPROM data mover or hexediting method) makes the difference.
     
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2019
  20. SamuriHL

    SamuriHL Retired Moderator

    Neither method. We are talking about taking the ns60 and cross flashing it with the Asus 3.02 firmware and then attempting to burn Blu-ray media.

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