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

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

Post by MartyMcNuts » Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:30 am

Hi everyone,

Just to give you all another option, I have modified the official ASUS ODD FW Flasher tool to allow the user to flash or cross-flash their drive to a "UHD Friendly" firmware.

Included with the ASUS Flasher, is the 'DE' UHD friendly firmwares we are currently using with the LG Flasher tool.

Also, if you happen to use your own clean firmware file that hasn't been 'DE' enabled, this app will automatically make the file 'DE' enabled and save it.

It is very easy to use:

1. Run ASUS_ODD_FW_Changer_(Modified).exe.
2. In popup window, select a firmware file to flash. (If you click CANCEL, the auto default firmware is ASUS BW-16D1HT 3.02)
3. When the main interface opens, select your drive (if not already selected)
4. Hit "START" button. The drive tray will open. Once firmware flash is completed, drive tray will close again.
5. Done.

Here are some links to the modified ASUS FW Flasher + Downgrade Enabled Firmware:

https://www.mediafire.com/file/axxwfwr6 ... s.zip/file

https://dailyuploads.net/9mon7ptz5o6i

Here is just the modified ASUS Flasher if you already have the 'DE' enable firmwares. Just put it in the folder with the firmwares.

ASUS_ODD_FW_Changer_(Modified).zip
(1.44 MiB) Downloaded 1862 times

Have fun guys!!

EDIT (21.03.2019): I have made a couple of updates to the ASUS Flasher.

1. (FIX) I found out a few days ago that the application was previously unable to flash BU40N drives. It works fine now.

2. (UPDATE) The application doesn't like really long firmware file names (such as the one's from Mike), so it edits the name displayed under "FW Selected:" (The application will show the MakeMKV firmwares with "MK" at the end).

Both the link and attachment have been updated...

Thanks everyone!
Last edited by MartyMcNuts on Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:53 am, edited 6 times in total.

MartyMcNuts
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Re: NEW OPTION: 'UHD Friendly' Firmware Downgrade Using Official (Modified) ASUS Flasher

Post by MartyMcNuts » Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:29 pm

Just made a couple of minor code adjustments. Links have been updated.

It works good for me! Please add a comment to let me know how it works for you or if you have any issues with it.

Thanks guys..

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

Post by salteran » Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:13 am

Just wanted to say. Used It yesterday on my BH16NS55 and it worked perfectly

Thanks so much!!!

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

Post by manHands » Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:45 am

If I understand correctly, I could use this to cross-flash the WH16NS60 (that is currently on UHD friendly 1.00) to BW-16D1HT UHD friendly firmware? I've heard the 16D1HT firmware works better for this drive, so thought I'd give it a whirl.

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

Post by MartyMcNuts » Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:57 am

@manHands,

Yes, you can.

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

Post by MartyMcNuts » Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:07 am

salteran wrote:
Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:13 am
Just wanted to say. Used It yesterday on my BH16NS55 and it worked perfectly

Thanks so much!!!
You're welcome!

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

Post by DAlba » Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:16 pm

Interface not opening for me. I am running Windows XP. Do you know if it's compatible?

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

Post by MartyMcNuts » Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:21 pm

DAlba wrote:
Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:16 pm
Interface not opening for me. I am running Windows XP. Do you know if it's compatible?
It requires .net 3.5 or higher, which is windows 7 and up. You could download a newer version of .net from Microsoft. Geez, it’s rare to find someone still using xp these days!

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

Post by DAlba » Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:53 am

lol I know. I use a Mac. XP was just on a virtual machine I used many years ago. I setup Windows 8 on virtual machine and it loads now but didn’t work. I’m going to have to try a different usb enclosure I guess. Right now I’m using an OWC Mercury enclosure that’s several years old.

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

Post by Billycar11 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:03 am

DAlba wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 3:53 am
lol I know. I use a Mac. XP was just on a virtual machine I used many years ago. I setup Windows 8 on virtual machine and it loads now but didn’t work. I’m going to have to try a different usb enclosure I guess. Right now I’m using an OWC Mercury enclosure that’s several years old.
see if you can fully pass the usb controller to the vm then it should work others have reported success like that see here: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=18873&start=30#p70355

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

Post by DAlba » Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:20 am

Boom! Plugged into thunderbolt hub instead of USB ports on Mac and it worked. Thanks for the tip!

Now I just need a UHD disc! And a 4K tv lol.

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

Post by jas12 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:45 pm

Can I use this to downgrade a WH16NS40 so that it will work with UHD disc's?

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

Post by Billycar11 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:13 pm

jas12 wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:45 pm
Can I use this to downgrade a WH16NS40 so that it will work with UHD disc's?
Yes

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

Post by joneskwa » Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:47 am

manHands wrote:
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:45 am
If I understand correctly, I could use this to cross-flash the WH16NS60 (that is currently on UHD friendly 1.00) to BW-16D1HT UHD friendly firmware? I've heard the 16D1HT firmware works better for this drive, so thought I'd give it a whirl.
I’m new to all this but just bought a WH16NS60 w/ v 1.01

I tried to use Billycar11’s loader and ended up with an error message and my drive rip-locked trying load 1.00.

Used this method load BW-16D1HT and it worked perfect!

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

Post by MartyMcNuts » Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:25 pm

joneskwa wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:47 am
manHands wrote:
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:45 am
If I understand correctly, I could use this to cross-flash the WH16NS60 (that is currently on UHD friendly 1.00) to BW-16D1HT UHD friendly firmware? I've heard the 16D1HT firmware works better for this drive, so thought I'd give it a whirl.
I’m new to all this but just bought a WH16NS60 w/ v 1.01

I tried to use Billycar11’s loader and ended up with an error message and my drive rip-locked trying load 1.00.

Used this method load BW-16D1HT and it worked perfect!
Glad it worked for you. Although, I'd suggest you use this same method to flash WH16NS60 1.00 or WH16NS40(NS50) 1.02.

The reasons I am suggesting either of these are:

1. The WH16NS60 1.00 is compatible with UHD discs and MakeMKV. It reads fast and there is no sleep bug.
2. The WH16NS40(NS50) 1.02 is also reasonably fast and is UHD friendly for MakeMKV and AnyDVD.

Apparently, there are writing (burning) issues when a WH16NS60 is cross-flashed to ASUS firmware. If you want to be able to burn BD's using your WH16NS60 then you really should stick with LG firmware. If you don't want to burn any media on your WH16NS60, then you can ignore this.

I just wanted you to know. This way you can make an informed decision.

Cheers!

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