HP 640b, what's the equivalent retail version?

After searching around long enough it turns out the 640b is made by LG. But what drive was it rebranded from?

Uses E152 firmware, labeled HLGWA-4162B. It is a dvd DL burner with the lightscribe feature. Not entirely sure of its burning speeds though, I will try to find that out if you need them.

probably HP aims to confuse everbody with thier HP640? drive
its made by so many manifacturers Lite-on, BenQ, and now LG
and God knows who’s next?

GWA-4162B. Hm… Do you have any link?


Scroll down and you will see the poster took pics of his hp machine and the drive.

That is exactly what I have but I am having a hard time figuring out what it’s retail brother is and if I can use retail firmwares on it.

Thanks! The drive is clearly an LG drive and so belongs to LG forum. :slight_smile: For now, there is no known tool to flash your drive with anything other than HP-provded ones. If you can extract the firmware in your 4162, let TDB look at it. :slight_smile:

I am also surprised. I received the drive today for my hp xw8200 workstation and was suprised it was an LG model. I was expecting a Benq drive…

This is the link for the drive unfortunately there is no image;


HP Part No. is PR595A

Here is the information from Nero InfoTool;

Drive Information

Type : DVD±R/RW DL Recorder
Firmware Version : E283
Buffer Size : 2 MB
Date : 05-01-24
Serial Number : 1853?:H!
Vendor Specific : 05/01/24
Drive Letter : E:
Location : 0:0
Mechanism : Tray
Read Speed : 24 X
Write Speed : 40 X

Read CD Text : Yes
Return C2 Pointers : No
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 DVD+R DL : Yes
Read BD-ROM : No
Read BD-R : No
Read BD-RE : No
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 DL : No
Write DVD+R : Yes
Write DVD+RW : Yes
Write DVD+R DL : Yes
Write DVD-RAM : No
Write BD-R : No
Write BD-RE : 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 : None
Changes User : 5
Changes Vendor : 4

It does not surprise me at all. Some time ago HP announced their intention to ship all their computers with Super-Multi drives. It appears as though they are following through with their intent.

Photo HP 4162B :slight_smile:
Chipset: Panasonic MN103S86GSG :eek:


I have the same drive, cant get it to read lightscribe discs to put the label on them. Is the e152 the best firmware to use, or is there anything else I can try?

Thanks for the information. I didn’t know LG uses anything other than Hitachi chipsets on their recent DVD writers. I wonder whether LG will continue to work with Hitachi on Blu-ray and HD-DVD drives.

Did you install the host software for lightscribe support? You need to have this support or Nero or any other LS software won’t “see” it as a LS device…

BTW I have some nice 16x DVD-R Verbatims which my burner sees as 4x max - so much for great HP support! Damn. This kind of frustrates me - no update, not even by searching with the different part n. (DZ555a or b or PR595A):

http://h30143.www3.hp.com/configure2.cfm?sid=18496 (3/4 way down the page)

What the hell are they doing - sleeping? I think I’ll post a question on HP support forums…

BTW my drive has firmware E2.83