I recently brought this drive for $175(australian), don't know if this was good or bad but it looked and sounded good to me so I went ahead.
However after going through this forum and others I have tried LTNFLASH to make it region free and now my EEPROM is empty, the drive still sort of works, it can do some writing and reading, however getting lots of CRC errors from the files when trying to read, but this reading and writing can only happen if I run the dos flash program (can't remember the exact name of it) like this
flash181.exe 3 w gsb6.bin
after booting to pure dos mode, then when I reboot, my software can access the drive again but having many problems like I said above.
What I need is for someone with a matching drive to make a copy of their EEPROM and send it to me so that I can try that. I would be EXTREMELY GRATEFUL as $175 dollars is alot to me and I don't want to have it die on me now.
Another thing is when I access the drive using LTNFLASH it says my drive is 126.96.36.199 F: and when I first ran the program it actually reported the drive by its name LITE-ON DVDRW LDW-451S. Now, before running the dos flash program like above it reports my drive as 188.8.131.52 F: and no software except Sonic DLA which allows me to use the drive like any other normal drive.
After partially restoring my drive using the dos flash program if I run LTNFLASH even once (without doing anything, just open and close), everything goes back to not working until I run it again.
Please, I really need to try someone else's EEPROM, I know that they are different for every drive but I am willing to try anything.
HUGE THANKS TO ALL WHO HELP.
Actually what I really also need is a backup of the FLASH, if you use LTNFLASH then you can just backup the flash and then save the EEPROM and then send them to me. If you can help me, then post a reply saying so then we can work out how you can send them to me.