Greetings, I’m new to this forum, and have found it invaluable after my Black Friday purchace of the 411S. Unfortunately, I find myself in quite a sticky situation, as my primary use of this DVD burner is forcing all of it’s problems to the surface, and few of it’s redeeming qualities.
Don’t get me wrong, Liteon has served me well in the past, and I believe that the firmware will eventually get there for me, but hear me out and please give me any feedback regarding getting this burner working.
Basically, I bought the burner to stick in my Linux file server, allowing me and my roommates to burn things without tying up our workstations. The primary target for the resulting DVD’s are going to be the Xbox and stand alone units.
I’m a big Linux guy, and I’ve reduced myself to only running a single windows box, booting it occasionally, and only when necessary. I understand the situation, and am not at all distraught by the lack of Linux support out there… I figure if we want it to work, we’ll do it ourselves. Which brings me to a few of my questions:
First, as I mentioned earlier I intend to burn DVD’s which will work in my Xbox, primarily data, to boot Linux on the xbox itself, and a few videos from my roommates digital camcorder, etc… Second, I’d ultimately like to get the drive working well in linux rather than windows, if possible.
I’ve initially installed the drive in my XP machine in order to update the firmware to FS0F, run some kprobe tests, etc… Because I’m on a budget, I’ve only got access to the software that came with the drive, which is Sonic RecordNow DX. I know this is probably crap, but all I need it for is recording pre-mastered images created from other sources. Mostly ISO’s form mkisofs and xiso for xbox data CD’s.
I’ve had little luck getting burns to work in my xbox. I think I toasted the DVD+R that came with the drive trying to burn from Linux on the virgin firmware, as it burned to the end, gave me an error, and the disc isn’t recognized. Reading the other threads, this isn’t surprising using an old firmware with a samsung xbox drive.
I updated the firmware to FS0f, installed the drive in XP, and burned an xbox data ISO using Sonic, and again, I got an error when it reached the end of the disk, this time on the DVD+RW that came with the drive. The disk takes awhile to initialize in the xbox, but it isn’t seen as a valid data disk. OK, now I’m getting worried, but I guess I can expect trouble from a DVD+RW in the xbox. I’m waiting for a DVD-R (RITEKG Generation 03) to finish, which is the same data DVD, hopefully it will actually successfully write the disk.
So, my question is where do I proceed from here? Ideally, I’d like to be able to get as “low level” as kprobe allows me to get, but using Linux. I imagine this is going to require pretty heavy reverse-engineering of the command set if I want to get this to work. Unless, the liteon command set is published and well documented. Anyone have any suggestions here?
Second, what free tools, other than Sonic MyDVD are available in the interim while I test and debug this drive? I want to get reliable burns working before I try the Linux thing. I’ve already tried Burn at Once 098 to no avail. It thinks all my disks are of size 0, and refuses to burn.
Finally, if this is a lost cause, please feel free to let me know. I’ve still got a few days to return/exchange this drive.
Ah! The DVD-R (RitekG Generation 03) just finished burning. Successfully, as far as MyDVD says… Let’s pop it in the xbox’s samsung drive and cross our fingers…
And that didn’t work at all. If I insert the DVD into the xbox, it boots fast and ignores the disc completely. If I put the disk in the 411S and launch xiso, it says it doesn’t have an xbox file system on it.
Any ideas / suggestions? Do I just buy better media and wait for a better firmware?
Thanks in advance.