HP DVD Writer 640B

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#1

I bought some HP DVD+R DL discs. I figured they would probably work the best with a HP DVD Writing Drive. I figured wrong :a. I tryed using Imgburn, and it says that no media is present :frowning: . Much like the problems others are having using HP writing drives. I already opened one of the discs, “obviously”, so I can’t take them back. And I don’t feel like letting the money go to waste. Is there anyway to burn to these discs?

Can anyone help me? :bow:


#2

First, there is no 640B. The models were 640c, 640e, 640i, 640v and 740b.
The 640 line is at least 3 years old, and the burners are rebranded BenQ or Lg drives.
These burners initially only recognized 2.4X DL media.
Try crossflashing the burner and updating its firmware.


#3

It does exist…

But the discs are 2.4 X.

and sorry for being a total noob and causing someone to explain all this, but what is crossflashing? and where do i update the firmware?


#4

What’s the current firmware on your drive, DucksFan (scroll to the right in your screenshot above and look at the line that says: PNP Device ID IDE\CDROMHP_DVD_WRITER_640B___[B]???[/B])?


#5

It says E152___\5&D21A16…


#6

Hi,

It appears your HP burner is an OEM LG GWA-4162B with E152 firmware (you can double-check it on the label as shown here: http://club.cdfreaks.com/904938-post31.html ).

The only possible firmware update I have found is E223 here: http://forum.rpc1.org/dl_firmware.php?download_id=2372 . You can download and try to update, it should tell you if it’s not compatible (I hope anyway ;)).

If that still doesn’t burn your DL media, you can investigate crossflashing to a suitable LG firmware, but that doesn’t look very straightforward here (and there may be no way back, not to mention it won’t guarantee anything). A more sensible solution then would be to get a new burner with better DL support.