The riplock firmware only removes the riplock for DVD-VIDEO discs. It does not do anything about the read speed for DVD+/-R discs or DVD+/-R DL discs. There is no firmware to deal with that issue right now.
Bear in mind that using this firmware will invalidate the warranty of your drive. Some people are comfortable with this and some are not. It is up to you do decide, based on the features it provides. Using official firmware of course, does not invalidate your warranty.
The two different files inside the riplock firmware zip file have to do with how they defeat region coding :
DL13FAST : auto reset firmware. Drive is RPC2 and you need to set the region code to the same as that of a DVD movie disc you want to watch. However, when you reboot the system, the number of changes resets itself. So there is no limit to how many times you can set the region code. This method needs no special software for defeating region coding.
DL13FST1 : RPC1 firmware. Drive is region free but you need to run software (e.g. DVD Genie, free) to defeat part of the region protection that exists in Windows itself.
Actually, the instructions are found on LG's website when you download firmware from it. However, I have included the basic instructions here :
LG's firmware updates are just an EXE file you run from Windows. You do not really need to boot into safe mode but if this is the first time you have flashed an LG writer, you can do so, just to play safe. There have been a few cases where some driver interfered with the flashing process and caused an unsuccessful flash. Booting into safe mode avoids that problem.
The basic instructions for flashing an LG writer are :
- make sure there are no other programs running and as few things running in the background as possible when you flash the drive
- make sure there is no disc in the writer
- start the flashing program by just double clicking on it
- start the flashing process by clicking on the "start" button
- do NOT reboot or shut off the power during the flashing process
- eventually the flasher will tell you it is done and will give you an option to reboot (the start button will change into a reboot button). You can then click on that and the system should reboot
- Windows may tell you that it has "detected a new device" when it restarts. It thinks new firmware=new DVD writer. This is normal.
- The whole flashing process should take about a minute or so, maybe slightly faster.