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

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Jim777
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Re: NEW OPTION: 'UHD Friendly' Firmware Downgrade / Cross-Flash Using Official (Modified) ASUS Flasher for ASUS & LG Dri

Post by Jim777 » Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:03 pm

MartyMcNuts wrote:
Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:10 am

Yep, unfortunately, those with firmware 1.02 cannot currently be cross-flashed.

Have you tried flashing the HL-DT-ST-BD-RE_BP50NB40-NB50-1.02-NM00700-211811011016 firmware from the latest MK pack?

Please try and let us know.
That worked perfectly, and I was then able to cross-flash to DE_LG_BP60NB10_1.00_MK_HBD and the drive now seems to be behaving UHD Friendly with LibreDrive supported!

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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 » Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:51 pm

Jim777 wrote:
Sun Dec 29, 2019 2:03 pm
MartyMcNuts wrote:
Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:10 am

Yep, unfortunately, those with firmware 1.02 cannot currently be cross-flashed.

Have you tried flashing the HL-DT-ST-BD-RE_BP50NB40-NB50-1.02-NM00700-211811011016 firmware from the latest MK pack?

Please try and let us know.
That worked perfectly, and I was then able to cross-flash to DE_LG_BP60NB10_1.00_MK_HBD and the drive now seems to be behaving UHD Friendly with LibreDrive supported!
Excellent! I'm glad it worked for you. Thanks for the feedback!
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 tribble » Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:34 pm

MartyMcNuts wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:51 pm
tribble wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:22 pm
I did a search before asking and only found a thread from July which said LG USB drives weren't supported at all yet.

MakeMKV 1.14.4 on an air-gapped Windows 10 device.

Product: BD-RE HL-DT-ST BP50NB40
Firmware: 21141216 10:16
SVC Code: NB40
Rom Ver.: 1.00 (1.00d)
Manufactured: 2015-02-12

This device appears to be listed in the latest sdf.bin, the product, firmware and ROM all match.

I get no LibreDrive information in MakeMKV but I think that's because I have an air-gapped machine.

1) Is this specific device supported by the modified Asus Flasher?
2) Where can I find the Drive Platform information on an air-gapped machine?
3) Are NB40 devices supported at all? The Ultimate UHD Drives Guide mentions only NS50 drives and later.
Please read the first post of this very thread. The BP50NB40 SVC: NB50 is supported. The SVC: NB40 is not guaranteed to be flashable but you can try it if you want to.

Cheers
What's the worst that can happen, I brick my drive? Or is it just going to fail and give me an error number? Just want to be sure.

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ASUS BW-16D1HT firmware question please

Post by Tom899 » Mon Dec 30, 2019 5:57 pm

Hello, long time reader and first post.
I'm in the U.S. I just ordered an ASUS BW-16D1HT drive from Amazon to backup my 4K movies on my server.

I've read this whole thread and then some, it is very informative. Thanks for all your hard work and time making this possible.

I understand the new drive may come with v3.10 or v3.11. If this is the case, I found the 3.10 and 3.11 bin files to flash. I assume I pick which ever one matches my version?

Then, this drive is UHD Friendly? Should I then flash to v3.02 or just leave it?

Thanks again,
Tom

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

Post by Coopervid » Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:50 pm

Pick the patched ASUS flasher and flash 3.10 MK. If you have critical discs to read you can always flash 3.02 or 3.03. And then even back to 3.10. No problem. For normal purposes there is no limit for flasing back and forth. However, cycles for flash cells are limited. But you don't do that a couple of times per day but once in a while. Or you can stay on 3.02 or 3.03. These are better for critical discs but once they have detected a read problem they don't speed up again like 3.10 does.

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

Post by Tom899 » Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:32 pm

Coopervid wrote:
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:50 pm
Pick the patched ASUS flasher and flash 3.10 MK. If you have critical discs to read you can always flash 3.02 or 3.03. And then even back to 3.10. No problem. For normal purposes there is no limit for flasing back and forth. However, cycles for flash cells are limited. But you don't do that a couple of times per day but once in a while. Or you can stay on 3.02 or 3.03. These are better for critical discs but once they have detected a read problem they don't speed up again like 3.10 does.
Thanks, I appreciate the guidance. I believe I will get my drive tomorrow, and that's what I will do.

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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 » Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:39 pm

tribble wrote:
Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:34 pm
MartyMcNuts wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:51 pm
tribble wrote:
Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:22 pm
I did a search before asking and only found a thread from July which said LG USB drives weren't supported at all yet.

MakeMKV 1.14.4 on an air-gapped Windows 10 device.

Product: BD-RE HL-DT-ST BP50NB40
Firmware: 21141216 10:16
SVC Code: NB40
Rom Ver.: 1.00 (1.00d)
Manufactured: 2015-02-12

This device appears to be listed in the latest sdf.bin, the product, firmware and ROM all match.

I get no LibreDrive information in MakeMKV but I think that's because I have an air-gapped machine.

1) Is this specific device supported by the modified Asus Flasher?
2) Where can I find the Drive Platform information on an air-gapped machine?
3) Are NB40 devices supported at all? The Ultimate UHD Drives Guide mentions only NS50 drives and later.
Please read the first post of this very thread. The BP50NB40 SVC: NB50 is supported. The SVC: NB40 is not guaranteed to be flashable but you can try it if you want to.

Cheers
What's the worst that can happen, I brick my drive? Or is it just going to fail and give me an error number? Just want to be sure.
I have flashed a BP50NB40 (SVC: NB40) before for a customer. I warned him that the SVC: NB40 hadn't been flash tested before but he wanted me to have a go anyway. It worked just fine. The only thing I can say is to make sure that MakeMKV says "Drive platform: MT1959" before attempting to flash it.

The very worst that could happen is that you would brick the drive but as I said, it worked just fine when I did it.
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 Tom899 » Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:56 pm

Tom899 wrote:
Mon Dec 30, 2019 11:32 pm
Coopervid wrote:
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:50 pm
Pick the patched ASUS flasher and flash 3.10 MK. If you have critical discs to read you can always flash 3.02 or 3.03. And then even back to 3.10. No problem. For normal purposes there is no limit for flasing back and forth. However, cycles for flash cells are limited. But you don't do that a couple of times per day but once in a while. Or you can stay on 3.02 or 3.03. These are better for critical discs but once they have detected a read problem they don't speed up again like 3.10 does.
Thanks, I appreciate the guidance. I believe I will get my drive tomorrow, and that's what I will do.
My drive came, it had 3.10, I flashed it with the MK 3.10 version. The tray didn't close. I left it open for about five minutes, then pushed the close button, hoping it was done. As it turned out it was successfully flashed and works fine.
Thanks,
Tom

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

Post by blackjack4494 » Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:41 am

My LG BU40N was 1.03 when it arrived. However I could rip a blu ray without modifying anything.
AACS version was 65.
Is this supposed to happen with official firmware?

Anyway I upgraded my drive to 1.03mk now it's libredrive enabled. therefore it was not libredrive enabled.

MartyMcNuts
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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 Jan 10, 2020 2:54 am

blackjack4494 wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:41 am
My LG BU40N was 1.03 when it arrived. However I could rip a blu ray without modifying anything.
AACS version was 65.
Is this supposed to happen with official firmware?

Anyway I upgraded my drive to 1.03mk now it's libredrive enabled. therefore it was not libredrive enabled.
Yes, but you can't rip a UHD on the default 1.03.
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 Dashflyer65 » Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:35 pm

I received my WH16NS60 ROM 1.02 yesterday (manufactured 2019) , and have it installed in a Vantec NST-536S3-BK. I attempted to flash to 1.0 the drive opens then I get an error #4. Is the issue the enclosure?

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

Post by Bluntman » Wed Jan 15, 2020 4:54 pm

Dashflyer65 wrote:I received my WH16NS60 ROM 1.02 yesterday (manufactured 2019) , and have it installed in a Vantec NST-536S3-BK. I attempted to flash to 1.0 the drive opens then I get an error #4. Is the issue the enclosure?

When I got error #4 it was the rig I was using. I changed computers and tried again and it worked flawlessly.


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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 » Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:48 pm

Dashflyer65 wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:35 pm
I received my WH16NS60 ROM 1.02 yesterday (manufactured 2019) , and have it installed in a Vantec NST-536S3-BK. I attempted to flash to 1.0 the drive opens then I get an error #4. Is the issue the enclosure?
Flash WH16NS60 1.02 mk first before the de 1.00

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

Post by Noego » Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:42 am

When I try to run this I get "Updating Failure #4". Does anybody know how to fix this? :D

MartyMcNuts
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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 Jan 22, 2020 10:49 pm

Noego wrote:
Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:42 am
When I try to run this I get "Updating Failure #4". Does anybody know how to fix this? :D
Let me just read your mind.....aaargh! C'mon dude! You need to give us more info.

machine, drive model, firmware installed, firmware trying to flash etc....
Cheers :D
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