I had been the happy owner of a LG GCC4521B for sometime when I began to experience problems burning at high speeds. Changed the CD brands, but it didn't seem to work. It was fine to burn at 8X, but then sometimes even at this speed it didn't work. And sometimes it would burn at 8X but audio CD's where not recognized on some players, and the Cd text wasn't recorded. I bouhgt a DVD writer, and it is now the master in the second IDE channel, with the GCC combo as slave. The DVD writer is working properly, burning at top speed even the media de combo can't do. Anyway, I decided that I want my speed back!!
After going thrugh the foruns, I found the following possible solutions:
1 -Power supply Unit (PSU). I have burned at top speed from the combo to the DVD-writer, without problem. I gess it excludes de PSU problem.
2 - firmware update. Here the thing gets tricky...
My drive was bought as an OEM drive, I mean, without a box, as LG brand. I installed it myself, but it didn't came from my country. LG support here in Brazil tells me that I shouldn't upgrade, as the drives may be different from another drives of the same model, made elsewhere. Sounds at least stupid to me, since all the firmwares from LG for a certain model come from the same place of the web (the korean site), regardless of which language or country you choose to start the download, and for other reasons. Does anyone believe it can be true, that the firmwre may not be fit for this particular drive (LG page from Brazil doesn't even link to the firmware, but the french, australian, colombian sites give me the same firmware file for this model)
Is there any way to know if the firmware I am trying to install is fit to my drive before try to use it?
Second, if I use the wrong firmware, as the LG support inplies, is there any chance of my drive going dead? And for that, is there any hope?
I've found a post saying it would be gone for good, but this post, LG GCC 4521b (52x32x52x) error while updating firmware, points a possible solution to ressucitate a dead drive (the same model) after firmware update gone wrong.
And last, there are some reports of problems with firmware 1.05. If I go to 1.07, and find probs, is there any way to install an earlier version?
Enlight me gurus, please.