Custom firmware pack with LibreDrive patches - discussion

Discussion of LibreDrive mode, compatible drives and firmwares
Billycar11
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Re: Custom firmware pack with LibreDrive patches

Post by Billycar11 » Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:43 pm

Devore wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:23 pm
(LibreDrive firmware support is not yet available for this drive (id=61645DFEFB5D))

Is there some kind of utility we can run to provide information to allow creation of a patch for a specific drive?
do you know the drive model number?

Devore
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Re: Custom firmware pack with LibreDrive patches

Post by Devore » Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:56 pm

Billycar11 wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:43 pm
Devore wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:23 pm
(LibreDrive firmware support is not yet available for this drive (id=61645DFEFB5D))

Is there some kind of utility we can run to provide information to allow creation of a patch for a specific drive?
do you know the drive model number?
It's an LG drive. The Source field on MakeMKV says: BD-RE HL-DT-ST BD-RE WH14NS40 1.03

Billycar11
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Re: Custom firmware pack with LibreDrive patches

Post by Billycar11 » Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:40 am

Devore wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:56 pm
Billycar11 wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:43 pm
Devore wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:23 pm
(LibreDrive firmware support is not yet available for this drive (id=61645DFEFB5D))

Is there some kind of utility we can run to provide information to allow creation of a patch for a specific drive?
do you know the drive model number?
It's an LG drive. The Source field on MakeMKV says: BD-RE HL-DT-ST BD-RE WH14NS40 1.03
there is libre drive fw for that drive if it is platform mt1959 and svc ns50
if its mt1939 and ns40 leave it alone

SmoothRunnings
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Re: Custom firmware pack with LibreDrive patches

Post by SmoothRunnings » Sat Sep 07, 2019 2:13 am

I am really confused. I have been spending hours looking over the forums to see how I can flash my LG NS40 from FW 1.04 to 1.02. I see that folks are mentioning to use the Mikes 3.10 flasher to cross flash the drive and then install the 1.02 or 1.00 fw on it. Someone asks how to get the 3.10 app and another person points to this topic. OK so I read the first page, downloaded the MK FW no flasher in it, uhm, nothing else on the first unless I don't have enough access to it?

Can someone tell me where I can get my hands on this?

Thanks,

d00zah
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Re: Custom firmware pack with LibreDrive patches

Post by d00zah » Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:26 am

SmoothRunnings wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 2:13 am
I am really confused. I have been spending hours looking over the forums to see how I can flash my LG NS40 from FW 1.04 to 1.02. I see that folks are mentioning to use the Mikes 3.10 flasher to cross flash the drive and then install the 1.02 or 1.00 fw on it. Someone asks how to get the 3.10 app and another person points to this topic. OK so I read the first page, downloaded the MK FW no flasher in it, uhm, nothing else on the first unless I don't have enough access to it?

Can someone tell me where I can get my hands on this?

Thanks,
Links to everything here:

https://www.makemkv.com/forum/viewtopic ... 16&t=19634

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Re: Custom firmware pack with LibreDrive patches

Post by SmoothRunnings » Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:42 pm

That's not a very good thread. I read through that thread and many others and it wasn't until I hit the main index did a see a post (which I cannot find now) of someone saying they had success by cross flashing to 3.10 then restarting and flashing to 1.03 which I did and it worked flawlessly.

Theses other threads are ONLY great if you have an older LG drive firmware installed at the time of purchase. FW 1.04 and you have to cross flash first, but of course no one points this out nor do they make point notes on how to flash the WH16NS40 NS50 with factory 1.04 firmware. So it's unfortunately very CONFUSING!

If you have an LG WH16NS40 svc NS50 with factory 1.04 firmware installed and you have tired all these different flasher apps from these old threads but keep getting the "Write DRAM NG 05/26/03" error or something to this effect here is what I recommend you do.

Download the package that has the "BH14NS40_N1.00-A4_patched" application in it along with the different firmware's. You will need to use the "ASUS-BW-16D1HT-3.10-WM01601-211901041014" firmware first to flash your LG WH16NS40 then restart your computer, once your computer is restarted then flash the drive with the WH16NS40 1.02 or 1.03 firmware and you'll have to restart again. Your drive will be unlocked at this point and 4K UHD blurays will start working.

Before doing this my John Wich 2 4K UHD bluray wasn't recongized, it would not mount, after cross flashing my WH16NS40 I was able to mount the disc and rip it using makemkv.

Billycar11
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Re: Custom firmware pack with LibreDrive patches

Post by Billycar11 » Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:28 pm

SmoothRunnings wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:42 pm
That's not a very good thread.
Ouch
But it literally says how to solve your exact problem

Newer OEM Firmwares:

LG 1.04+ BU40N 1.03 Asus 3.10+ and similar
The newer OEM firmwares cannot be flashed easily due to the additional downgrade checks. If your drive has one of these firmwares, and there is no MK version of the same or higher number, you will have to sidegrade to Asus 3.10MKor LG 1.04MK. Then flash to your desired firmware if you don't want that one.

d00zah
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Re: Custom firmware pack with LibreDrive patches

Post by d00zah » Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:45 pm

Followed immediately by links to all available FW packs & flash tools (~generic).

And then 'How To...' videos. A veritable 'one stop shop'.

SamuriHL
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Re: Custom firmware pack with LibreDrive patches

Post by SamuriHL » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:27 pm

Any benefits to the latest NS60 firmware? Or just a "let's break compatibility even further" update from LG?

Billycar11
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Re: Custom firmware pack with LibreDrive patches

Post by Billycar11 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:27 pm

SamuriHL wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:27 pm
Any benefits to the latest NS60 firmware? Or just a "let's break compatibility even further" update from LG?
i didn't notice anything different but it disables dos flash access and makes it harder to downgrade like all the new fw.
i was the dumper and tester for it.
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SamuriHL
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Re: Custom firmware pack with LibreDrive patches

Post by SamuriHL » Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:24 pm

Billycar11 wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:27 pm
i didn't notice anything different but it disables dos flash access and makes it harder to downgrade like all the new fw.
i was the dumper tester for it.
I had a feeling that would be the case. I've zero desire to move off my 1.00 firmware unless there are marked improvements. You know, if they improved reading of problematic discs or something like that. Otherwise, it's nice to have for people who get these drives in the wild like those crazy resellers I hear tale about :p :lol: but for those of us still on the older firmware, we'll pass thanks. :D

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Re: Custom firmware pack with LibreDrive patches

Post by mike admin » Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:39 pm

SamuriHL wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:27 pm
Any benefits to the latest NS60 firmware?
Well, it enables downgrade without cross-flashing. That's about it i guess...

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Re: Custom firmware pack with LibreDrive patches

Post by jonghotti » Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:15 pm

SamuriHL wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:24 pm
Otherwise, it's nice to have for people who get these drives in the wild like those crazy resellers I hear tale about :p :lol: but for those of us still on the older firmware, we'll pass thanks. :D
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You rang? :-)

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Re: Custom firmware pack with LibreDrive patches

Post by SamuriHL » Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:56 pm

mike admin wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:39 pm
Well, it enables downgrade without cross-flashing. That's about it i guess...
Awesome for those that need it. :)

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Re: Custom firmware pack with LibreDrive patches

Post by SamuriHL » Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:57 pm

jonghotti wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:15 pm

You rang? :-)
Yessssss. :D Just saying that you guys that are buying new drives all the time are good to go with this latest round of MK firmware. :D LOL

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