I’m just starting to rip my cd collection and I’ve got the same drive and firmware as you had. I’m not a computer guru so I can’t hack the firmware like you did. Would it be possible for you to send me a copy of the already hacked firmware? And a few words of how to install it would be appreciated too.
I’ll send you a PM just in case you don’t check this site very often–but it is the same request.
[RIGHT][QUOTE=n0ty;2292287]Well, I couldn’t wait for someone to come up with the Mad Dog utilities… I found the latest TSST version of the firmware on the web. It took some trial and error to figure out how to hack it without blitzing the drive, but I figured it out.[/RIGHT]
The original Samsung version of the firmware I used is “200707101658479301_TS-H652D_KC03.bin”.
I made a copy as “TS-H652D_KC03_Hacked.bin”, and used used a hex editor on the “TSSTcorp” string at the very end of the file.
I used “Nero InfoTool” to determine the exact device string the drive reported, writing down exactly.
I changed the strings to the following:
[li]The ID string “TSSTcorpCD/DVDW TS-H652D” became “MAD DOG TF-DVDRW TS-H652D”.[/li][li]The Version string “KC03” became “MD00”.[/li][li]The OEM code string “KC” below it became “MD”.[/li][/ul]
I then ran the Samsung “sfdnwin.exe” flash utility and loaded the new firmware file. It flashed and automatically re-booted the system. Everything was great after that. The drive doesn’t have the infamous “Lead-In” writing problem any more, can read any other disk, and reads and writes a little faster!
Reporting from the Midwest…