ASUS SLIM EXT. DVD-RW firmware

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#1

Hi, I bought this Asus slim external burner but it does seem to have any specific model number or rather the model number is a description instead of a code. First I need help identifying if this burner has a real model number, second thing is whether there are any mod firmwares for it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks. :slight_smile:


#2

Hi,

is there no information on the sticker of the drive? How is it identified in Device Manager or CD/DVD burning software?

In general, firmware support for slim drives is mediocre at best. This applies even to official firmware updates.

Michael


#3

In device manager the name shows up as follows: “Slimtype DVD A DS8A4S USB Device”.

The sticker on the device has 3 things, a model number, a long serial number and a longer part number.
The Model number typed on the sticker is “SLIM EXT. DVD-RW/BK”.
The part number and serial number are extremely long to type out but I doubt they would be of any use. Let me know.

One thing I am wondering is if this is an actual Asus drive or just a rebranded drive. I want to have an idea of the quality of the drive.

Thanks.


#4

[QUOTE=Darkseid001;2544256]One thing I am wondering is if this is an actual Asus drive or just a rebranded drive.[/QUOTE]

It’s a rebranded PLDS (Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions) drive.


#5

[QUOTE=pepst;2544264]It’s a rebranded PLDS (Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions) drive.[/QUOTE]Is that good or bad?
I am familiar with the firmware mods for Lite-on desktop internal drives as I am using the firmware mods by c0deking on all my desktop burners. Are there any enhanced or modified firmwares for this drive?


#6

[QUOTE=Darkseid001;2544256]In device manager the name shows up as follows: “Slimtype DVD A DS8A4S USB Device”.
[/QUOTE]

Can you create a firmware dump using CK’s Flash Utility and let us have a copy of the firmware please?

Thanks! :flower:


#7

[QUOTE=cvs;2544470]Can you create a firmware dump using CK’s Flash Utility and let us have a copy of the firmware please?

Thanks! :flower:[/QUOTE]Sure.
http://www.multiupload.com/NBUKZ5XTTF
Let me know if that is what you want.


#8

[QUOTE=Darkseid001;2544481]Sure.
http://www.multiupload.com/NBUKZ5XTTF
Let me know if that is what you want.[/QUOTE]

That’s great, thank you! :flower:

The only other OEM firmware I’m aware of for this drive model is the DS-8A4S JD12 from DELL. Now we have two! :bigsmile:

You should be able to use the traditional LiteON tools to make the drive RPC1 and possibly enable bitsetting I would think. Other than doing the above to enhance the capabilities of the drive, there are no CK enhanced/moded firmwares available for slim drives …