I have a Lite-On 1633S that I flashed to a 1653S using a firmware made by the "Code Guys". I did this about 7 months ago. The firmware I used is:
And it allowed my 1633 to think it was a 1653 with no problems. However, I do notice that my drive has trouble reading some types of media and the new 16x DVD-Rs I purchased are only ripping at 8x (even though some 12x DVD-Rs burned at 12x just fine.).
So, I wanted to look into updating my "CS0S" firmware to something newer. I downloaded the CS0P firmware (official LiteOn release) and it let me flash with it. All seemed good except when the update process was "done" the light on the drive was still flashing. After a reboot, it was still flashing and would not recognize that a DVD was in the drive (I did not have a DVD in the drive during the flashing).
I was a little worried, but I was able to reuse the "1653S.CS0C.patched-cf.exe" firmware from CodeGuys and thankfully it let me revert to the older version just fine.
So... my long overdue question is, how do I proceed from here? Because my firmware is hacked, does that mean I can not use any future firmwares unless they are also hacked? I thought the "magic" of the Code Guys firmware I used was its ability to make the 1633 think it was a 1653 (which have identicle hardware) but since the 1653 official firmware didn't take, I'm guessing there is more to this...
To complicate this, it looks like the CodeGuy has moved onto BenQ drives...
Am I "stuck" at CS0C? At this point, I'm thinking I should have stuck with stock firmware and waited for a LiteOn release that would allow more media types.