DL or Not DL...That is the question

Ok, I have a USED Gateway, and I know the drive in it was replaced before I got it, but I am not sure about a few things. I am a newbie to this forum so I apologize in advance if I posted this thread in a wrong place, this website in general is SO large and diverse I get a little lost in the navigation. :doh:

A: What kind of drive (make and model) my drive is. Windows XP PRO reports it as HL-DT-ST DVD-RW GWA-4080N

B: Is this a dual layer compatible drive stock standard? I have tried burning DL disks, but Nero gives me an error that says I can’t burn this type of disk, and ejects the disk.

C: If this is NOT a DL drive is there a firmware update that I could perform which would make it a DL drive.

D: In general, what ever kind of drive this is, anyone have any opinions about it (good or bad).

Thanks in advance for sharing your time and knowledge!!

Welcome to CDF :flower:

I’ll give this one a shot. Although I couldn’t find much specs-wise on the net, I do know it’s an OEM LG DVD burner.

Regarding its abilities (DL and so on), run Nero InfoTool, and see which boxes are checked for reading and writing - DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R etc.

Edit: also, maybe you could post the InfoTool output here? Save as a text file, then copy and paste.


You have an LG burner, I thinks it’s an older 8x model. You’ll find some info in the LG forum if you search. No, it cannot write dual layer media.

The full stock specs are posted on Gateway’s support site:


DVD-R: 2X (CLV), 4X, 8X (ZCLV)
DVD-RW: 1X, 2X (CLV), 4X (ZCLV)
DVD+R: 2.4X (CLV), 4X, 8X (ZCLV)
DVD+RW: 2.4X (CLV), 4X (ZCLV)
CD-R: 10X (CLV), 16X, 24X (ZCLV)
CD-RW: 4X,10X (CLV) (High Speed:10X)

4080 is no DL capable drive.

Ok, here is what Nero turned up. I have read on some other forums (so naturally I am not going to trust them…Yall are clearly the experts here ;)) that people have found a firmare upgrade that alows this LG model to burn DL. They got it from some page known as Dangerouse Brothers. Any opinions on the trustworthyness of these Dangerouse Brothers? Or has anone else know of a firmware upgrade that could acheive this?

Drive Information

Drive : HL-DT-ST DVD-RW GWA-4080N
Type : DVD-R/RW Combo Drive
Firmware Version : 0C09
Buffer Size : 2 MB
Date : ?
Serial Number : K0049I94428
Vendor Specific :
Drive Letter : D:
Location : 1:0
Mechanism : Tray
Read Speed : 24, 20, 16, 10 X
Write Speed : 24, 16, 10, 4 X

Read CD Text : Yes
Return C2 Pointers : Yes
Read CD-R : Yes
Read CD-RW : Yes
Read DVD-ROM : Yes
Read DVD-RAM : No
Read DVD-R : Yes
Read DVD-RW : Yes
Read DVD+R : Yes
Read DVD+RW : Yes
Read Digital Audio : Yes
Read CD+G : No
Read VideoCD : Yes

Write CD-R : Yes
Write CD-RW : Yes
Write DVD-R : Yes
Write DVD-RW : Yes
Write DVD+R : Yes
Write DVD+RW : Yes
Write DVD-RAM : No
Buffer Underrun Protection : Yes
Mount Rainier : No
Modes : Packet, TAO, DAO, SAO, RAW SAO, RAW DAO, RAW SAO 16, RAW SAO 96, RAW DAO 16, RAW DAO 96

Region Protection Control : RPC II
Region : 1
Changes User : 4
Changes Vendor : 4

Disc Information (D:)

Type : - no disc inserted -

Interface Information

Adapter 1

Description : Primary IDE Channel

Description : system32\DRIVERS\atapi.sys
Company : Microsoft Corporation
Version : 5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)
Description : IDE/ATAPI Port Driver

Attached Devices
Description : Master: TOSHIBA MK8025GAS
Type : Disk Drive
DMA : On

Adapter 2

Description : Secondary IDE Channel

Description : system32\DRIVERS\atapi.sys
Company : Microsoft Corporation
Version : 5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)
Description : IDE/ATAPI Port Driver

Attached Devices
Description : Master: HL-DT-ST DVD-RW GWA-4080N
Type : CD-Rom Drive
DMA : On
Autorun : On

Software Information

Operating System : Windows XP Professional (5.01.2600 Service Pack 2)
DirectX : DirectX 9.0c

Description : Nero Burning ROM
Version : 6, 3, 0, 3
Company : Ahead Software AG
Version Check : Ok

Description : CloneCD Replicator Program
Version :
Company : SlySoft, Inc.

Description : PowerDVD
Version : 2.50.1307
Company : CyberLink Corp.

Description : Studio program file
Version :
Company : Pinnacle Systems

Description : AnyDVD Application
Version :
Company : SlySoft, Inc.

Hardware Information

CPU : AMD Athlon 64 2200 MHz
Bus Speed : 0 MHz
Motherboard : Gateway Gateway 7400 Series
System : Gateway Gateway 7400 Series
BIOS : Phoenix NS.00.02
Memory : 1022 MB
Sound : Realtek AC97 Audio

A lot of people here use firmware modified by The Dangerous Brothers, including myself. :wink:

However, do your research before flashing anything (hopefully another member, or TDB themselves can add some helpful advice).

Also be aware that flashing any “unofficial” firmware will void any warranty on the drive. :wink:


this is a notebook, isn’t it?
Notebook drives are rather fragile and don’t last as good as standard “Half Height” drives. Also, firmware support is really poor. I would consider buying an external drive here. These are not much more expensive than a newer notebook drive.


Thanks for the input fellas! I am VERY WEARY of flashing the firmware (as has been said before "don’t fix what isn’t broken). However, if I can make this drive support DL with a simple firmware upgrade (it is fairly simple right?) I think I would be a fool not to try it! SO, two NEW questions…

Wouldn’t you try it?
Where can I find the Dangerouse Bros?

0c09 is HP/Compaq OEM.


lol, sometimes the irony of things gets to be so sweet it is fairly sickening! Today DVD X-Copy Express was “somehow” left running for 12+ hrs. upon discovery of this the drive is no-longer listed under the device manager. I have restarted several times, checked the bios, no luck acrossed the board. It is al though the drive is not installed ANYWHERE! I don’t have a clue why. I am now more than concidering flashing the firmware to attempt to get the drive to function. Anyone know of how I can try this mysteriose firmware that might get it to support DL? And if NOT (Or if that just doesn’t work) any suggestions on a good replacement drive???