In response to an e-mail I sent out regarding getting ahold of firmware ver. 1.10 for my LG 8481B (CDN version)
Hi Jimmy. Yeah, I did read the thread (73739) pretty thoroughly.
I too am from Canada (Alberta) and picked up my 8481B at Futureshop.
It does seem that Canada did get the shaft here. Maybe we have better trade-relations with China then the communophobic Americans, which leads to LG dumping their low-quality Chinese crap here. (and it is crap).
My 8481B completely shut down a while back and wasn't burning anything.. It would just sit for 15 minutes, desparately trying to burn, making strange noises, and not responding at all. So, I niavely went to the website looking for updated firmware, ended up flashing to 1.05.... and my drive did actually start to work after the flash, which was an improvement... however, I don't want to be using an unapproved firmware "downgrade" not designed for this particular drive, and I did have some BIOS issues, so now I'm trying to get my drive back to 1.10. (I'd like to take the junk back to futureshop in original form and see what they say as I just bought this drive this summer)...
I actually now have an LG 8523B (the latest, 52X 24X 52X in the yellow box...).. I only just installed it, and haven't used it to burn much but I'd probably advise to stay away... While it does supposidly support Mt. Rainier, its another "Made in China" special with only 1 led, one eject button and, get this, NO headphone jack or volume adjust knob. As soon as I took it out of the box it reeked of shoddy workmanship, with a slightly greasy coating to the drive and a rattling sound coming from who knows what (sounds like a part wasn't attached properly).