I'm kind of embarrassed to have to write a thread about crossflashing since there are countless others out there and I'm also a forum user who helps people fix their PC's so I know how frustrating it is to repeat that which is answered in other posts. And believe me that I have searched for the past two days in the trusty search engine and though I've learned a lot I'm still puzzled to why this is not working, so I beg anyone to help me out with this.
Ok I'll try to make this simple:
I bought a 50pk Kodak DVD+R DL and have burn the disc most of the time with a Lite-On LH-20A1L (latest firmware) and the DVD writer from my HP laptop. I just fixed my main PC which has a Lite-On LH-20A1S (latest firmware) but this one won't read the blank Kodak DVD+R DL media, although it can read them if they're finalized.
Now, my first thought was to go to cdfreaks which I remembered from long ago and now I've learned that this is CDFreaks. Ok so after reading a lot I thought that maybe If I crossflashed my 20A1S to the 20A1L I could use the firmware and maybe it would read the discs since supposedly the only difference between the drives is the lightscribe which I don't care for at all. After reading some more I found that EEPROM Utility and Flash Utility is what's required for the crossflash.
Here's what I did:
1) I backed up my 20A1S eeprom with the EEPROM Utility. I also backed up the eeprom with the 20A1L and copied it to a USB drive and transfered it to my main PC (the one with the 20A1S) along with its latest firmware, the BL06N.exe
2) Then I used the Crossflash tab in EEPROM Util. and used the upgrade function and followed the instruction method. I chose the correspondant model I wanted to flash to.
3) Then I went to Flash Utility and used the read flash option and chosed the latest .exe firmware (BL06N) from the 20A1L and it saved it as a readable .bin .exe file (weird I know). Then I wrote the flash and waited till the process was completed and the light stopped blinking and restarted and...
4) Nothing. The drive stayed as a 20A1S. And no matter how I do it I can't seem to convert it to an 20A1L.
***I've also tried the Convert drive methods from EEPROM.
***Have also tried using the backuped EEPROM of the 20A1L to flash write it to the 20A1S using the Flash Utility.
***I've also tried using the Omni patcher since my objective here is to make this drive burn the kodak DVDs but the program seems obsolete? I can't get any firmware to load, not even the modified ones.
Well since, my main objective is to burn these crappy Kodak DVD DL with my main Lite-On LH-20A1S I was wondering if the method I'm using is the correct one or if it will give me any kind of success.
From what I could gather the most promising tool for this was the Omnipatcher but I can't seem to use it now and it hasn't been updated in quite a while so I've come to the conclusion that it doesn't work with this kind of drive.
Please help in any way possible. I won't be using this PC for a week since I will be away but I will still check up if anyone has posted answers here.