DH16A6L-C ZHCG (HP) Trying to identify Lite-ON compatible firmware

Hi folks,
after extensive googling and searching this forum, my best idea is that the sata dvd lightscribe DVD-DL burner that came in my HP a6750f computer is a rebranded lite-on.

The problem seems to be that the HP firmware won’t allow me to change the booktype. :rolleyes:

I have used the lite-on booktype utility and get “F/W Not support” which makes sense since it’s some HP modded version. :a

I would like to crossflash this drive to something that will let me set the booktype or other bitsettings.

I have used the IMGBURN software and got the following log:

ATAPI DVD A  DH16A6L-C ZHCG
Current Profile: DVD+R DL

Disc Information:
Status: Empty
Erasable: No
Free Sectors: 4,173,824
Free Space: 8,547,991,552 bytes
Free Time: 927:32:74 (MM:SS:FF)
Supported Write Speeds: 2.4x

DVD±R DL Boundary Information:
L0 Data Zone Capacity: 2,086,912
Changeable: Yes

Physical Format Information (ADIP):
Disc ID: RITEK-D01-01
Book Type: DVD+R DL
Part Version: 1
Disc Size: 120mm
Maximum Read Rate: Not Specified
Number of Layers: 2
Track Path: Opposite Track Path (OTP)
Linear Density: 0.293 um/bit
Track Density: 0.74 um/track
First Physical Sector of Data Area: 196,608
Last Physical Sector of Data Area: 16,580,607
Last Physical Sector in Layer 0: 2,283,519

Physical Format Information (Last Recorded):
Disc ID: RITEK-D01-01
Book Type: DVD+R DL
Part Version: 1
Disc Size: 120mm
Maximum Read Rate: Not Specified
Number of Layers: 2
Track Path: Opposite Track Path (OTP)
Linear Density: 0.293 um/bit
Track Density: 0.74 um/track
First Physical Sector of Data Area: 196,608
Last Physical Sector of Data Area: 16,580,607
Last Physical Sector in Layer 0: 2,283,519

Any help to get this drive to allow me to burn a DL disc as DVD-ROM would be appreciated. :bow:

No one has any suggestions? I thought this was the place to get help on this kind of thing…:confused:

Could you please post an ImgBurn burn Log? Verbatim should be your dual layer media of choice.

[QUOTE=beef barley;2442118]Could you please post an ImgBurn burn Log? Verbatim should be your dual layer media of choice.[/QUOTE]

Hi thanks for responding. I’m not really having any problems burning per-se apart from setting the booktype to DVD-ROM.

I am making another burn to generate a log as you requested. I will post it as soon as it’s done. I unfortunately only have the Ritek(Memorex) DL media at hand.

I’m completely willing to flash this drive to the Lite-on firmware if someone can help me identify the version to use. So far I haven’t had any luck with that.

Since there are lots of OEM drives inside HP, Dell, etc., sometimes it’s hard to keep track of what drives they actually are, even if it’s LiteOn. But judging from the “16A6L” model name, it’s likely a detuned iHAS220.

[QUOTE=beef barley;2442118]Could you please post an ImgBurn burn Log? Verbatim should be your dual layer media of choice.[/QUOTE]

Here’s the log:

; //****************************************\\ 
;   ImgBurn Version 2.4.2.0 - Log 
;   Tuesday, 29 September 2009, 13:46:24 
; \\****************************************// 
; 
; 
I 12:22:40 ImgBurn Version 2.4.2.0 started! 
I 12:22:40 Microsoft Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600 : Service Pack 2) 
I 12:22:40 Total Physical Memory: 3,626,464 KB  -  Available: 3,995,324 KB 
I 12:22:40 Initialising SPTI... 
I 12:22:40 Searching for SCSI / ATAPI devices... 
I 12:22:40 Found 1 DVD±RW/RAM! 
I 12:28:34 Operation Started! 
I 12:28:34 Source File: R:\GM_NAV_25956245_BACKUP\86271-70V733.MDS 
I 12:28:34 Source File Sectors: 3,903,136 (MODE1/2048) 
I 12:28:34 Source File Size: 7,993,622,528 bytes 
I 12:28:34 Source File Volume Identifier: 86271-70V733 
I 12:28:34 Source File Volume Set Identifier: 38631613 
I 12:28:34 Source File File System(s): ISO9660, Joliet, UDF (1.02) 
I 12:28:34 Destination Device: [2:0:0] ATAPI DVD A  DH16A6L-C ZHCG (D:) 
I 12:28:34 Destination Media Type: DVD+R DL (Disc ID: RITEK-D01-01) (Speeds: 2.4x) 
I 12:28:34 Destination Media Sectors: 4,173,824 
I 12:28:34 Write Mode: DVD 
I 12:28:34 Write Type: DAO 
I 12:28:34 Write Speed: 1x 
I 12:28:34 Link Size: Auto 
I 12:28:34 Test Mode: No 
I 12:28:35 OPC: No 
I 12:28:35 BURN-Proof: Enabled 
W 12:28:35 DeviceIoControl(IOCTL_STORAGE_MCN_CONTROL) Failed! - Media change notification has NOT been disabled. 
I 12:28:35 Book Type Setting: N/A 
I 12:28:35 Advanced Settings - Force HT: No, Online HT: No, OverSpeed: No, SmartBurn: Yes 
I 12:28:35 Optimal L0 Data Zone Capacity: 1,951,568 
I 12:28:35 Optimal L0 Data Zone Method: Copied From Original Disc 
I 12:29:20 Filling Buffer... (40 MB) 
I 12:29:21 Writing LeadIn... 
I 12:29:23 Writing Session 1 of 1... (1 Track, LBA: 0 - 3903135) 
I 12:29:23 Writing Track 1 of 1... (MODE1/2048, LBA: 0 - 3903135) 
I 12:29:23 Writing Layer 0... (LBA: 0 - 1951567) 
I 12:49:29 Writing Layer 1... (LBA: 1951568 - 3903135) 
I 13:09:38 Synchronising Cache... 
I 13:09:44 Closing Track... 
I 13:09:47 Finalising Disc... 
I 13:10:43 Exporting Graph Data... 
I 13:10:43 Graph Data File: C:\windows\profiles\clee\Application Data\ImgBurn\Graph Data Files\ATAPI_DVD_A_DH16A6L-C_ZHCG_TUESDAY-SEPTEMBER-29-2009_12-28_PM_RITEK-D01-01_1x.ibg 
I 13:10:43 Export Successfully Completed! 
I 13:10:43 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:42:08 
I 13:10:43 Average Write Rate: 3,235 KB/s (2.3x) - Maximum Write Rate: 3,382 KB/s (2.4x) 
I 13:10:43 Cycling Tray before Verify... 
W 13:10:51 Waiting for device to become ready... 
I 13:11:07 Device Ready! 
I 13:11:08 Operation Started! 
I 13:11:08 Source Device: [2:0:0] ATAPI DVD A  DH16A6L-C ZHCG (D:) 
I 13:11:08 Source Media Type: DVD+R DL (Book Type: DVD-ROM) (Disc ID: RITEK-D01-01) (Speeds: 2.4x) 
I 13:11:08 Image File: R:\GM_NAV_25956245_BACKUP\86271-70V733.MDS 
I 13:11:08 Image File Sectors: 3,903,136 (MODE1/2048) 
I 13:11:09 Image File Size: 7,993,622,528 bytes 
I 13:11:09 Image File Volume Identifier: 86271-70V733 
I 13:11:09 Image File Volume Set Identifier: 38631613 
I 13:11:09 Image File File System(s): ISO9660, Joliet, UDF (1.02) 
I 13:11:09 Read Speed (Data/Audio): MAX / MAX 
I 13:11:09 Verifying Session 1 of 1... (1 Track, LBA: 0 - 3903135) 
I 13:11:09 Verifying Track 1 of 1... (MODE1/2048, LBA: 0 - 3903135) 
I 13:11:09 Verifying Layer 0... (LBA: 0 - 1951567) 
I 13:19:33 Verifying Layer 1... (LBA: 1951568 - 3903135) 
I 13:27:57 Exporting Graph Data... 
I 13:27:57 Graph Data File: C:\windows\profiles\clee\Application Data\ImgBurn\Graph Data Files\ATAPI_DVD_A_DH16A6L-C_ZHCG_TUESDAY-SEPTEMBER-29-2009_12-28_PM_RITEK-D01-01_1x.ibg 
I 13:27:57 Export Successfully Completed! 
I 13:27:57 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:16:48 
I 13:27:57 Average Verify Rate: 7,752 KB/s (5.6x) - Maximum Verify Rate: 11,161 KB/s (8.1x) 
I 13:46:24 Close Request Acknowledged 
I 13:46:24 Closing Down... 
I 13:46:24 Shutting down SPTI... 
I 13:46:24 ImgBurn closed! 

[QUOTE=KTL;2443057]Since there are lots of OEM drives inside HP, Dell, etc., sometimes it’s hard to keep track of what drives they actually are, even if it’s LiteOn. But judging from the “16A6L” model name, it’s likely a detuned iHAS220.[/QUOTE]

Thanks for the info!
Is there any way to verify beyond a doubt? Perhaps opening it up and looking at the chipset? I have no problem doing anything like that.

The iHAS220 should be using the MT1869LL chipset. You can use the Flash Utility to download the firmware and kindly ask C0deKing to check what the equivalent LO drive would be.

[QUOTE=KTL;2443452]The iHAS220 should be using the MT1869LL chipset. You can use the Flash Utility to download the firmware and kindly ask C0deKing to check what the equivalent LO drive would be.[/QUOTE]

Ok I finally had some time to pull the drive apart and look at the internals.

You were correct about the chipset.

Here’s the information from the main chip:

MT1869LL
0841-ASSL
WE20315
03XB2X839800
02XDP821116

Also from what looks like a memory chip:
810 R2A3
12F 0209
SP

The drive does have a Lite-on sticker which says the model is DH16A6L-C
But… the MIC logo shows a model number of
PLD DH20A6LB

So I’m guessing that before it was detuned for HP it was a 20A not a 16A.

So the question remains, if this is definitely an iHAS220, but I have a feeling that you’re right.

Is there anything more I should do before bothering C0deKing?

[QUOTE=penguinfreek;2447342]Ok I finally had some time to pull the drive apart and look at the internals.

You were correct about the chipset.

Here’s the information from the main chip:

MT1869LL
0841-ASSL
WE20315
03XB2X839800
02XDP821116

Also from what looks like a memory chip:
810 R2A3
12F 0209
SP

The drive does have a Lite-on sticker which says the model is DH16A6L-C
But… the MIC logo shows a model number of
PLD DH20A6LB

So I’m guessing that before it was detuned for HP it was a 20A not a 16A.

So the question remains, if this is definitely an iHAS220, but I have a feeling that you’re right.

Is there anything more I should do before bothering C0deKing?[/QUOTE]

Have you had any luck finding a firmware… I have been googling for hours looking for a compatible f/w

[QUOTE=ForNaK8;2574168]Have you had any luck finding a firmware… I have been googling for hours looking for a compatible f/w[/QUOTE]

No, since I didn’t get very far, I’ve been working on other projects. I haven’t checked if there’s been anything posted for that drive recently.

This is the OEM nomenclature for the iHAS220:
20 = 20x capable
A6 = MTK ‘6’ series chipset
L = LightScribe

You can find some patched firmwares here if you want to try. But make sure you back up the stock firmware and EEPROM files first.