Incredibly slow read speeds on LG's new GSA-H42L

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#2

You can use Media Code Speed Edit to have the drive read faster than 4x spd.

http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=133858&page=22&pp=25

http://ala42.cdfreaks.com/MCSE/


#3

That’s the only solution? That’s obnoxious. I have to hack my firmware in order to achieve the advertised read speeds?

Also, I can only update the firmware with their program at the moment. LG’s website doesn’t mention my model ANYWHERE on the website. I guess actual product support comes second to rushing it out the door.


#4

If LG hasn’t released the firmware separately, then MCSE cannot do the speed patch. There’s currently no known way to dump the firmware from an LG.


#5

Welcome to the Forum adre, clintb is correct , unless there is firmware that is released to the public there is no way to use MCSE or any other tool to " Hack " your firmware. There is no known way to dump LG Firmware.:disagree:


#6

:o Sorry for giving the wrong info. I didn’t read well that the LGH42 drive isn’t supported by mcse. I don’t use mcse. :wink:


#7

Download and run the “Extended Label Contast Utility” from lightscribe.com to increase contrast.


#8

Wow! The contrast is at least 3x better with this thing. Granted, the process takes, like, 30 minutes, but I’ll be damned if the result isn’t beautiful. I wish I would’ve heard of this sooner. Thanks!


#9

I am just about to go to BB to pick up the GSA-H42L because the BB site says it is Vista compatible, but am concerned about Adre’s comment above.

I just installed Vista 64-bit and the Lite On LH-20A1H choked on Vista and was inoperable.

I definitely want a drive with the Lightscribe feature.

Should someone talk me out of the H42L and steer me to a Vista compatible drive? Or do I get the H42L?


#10

I confirm that the LG GSA-H42L works well with Windows Vista. Also, I confirm that reading speed is probably locked at 4X (RipLock?). Personally, I appreciate this feature because it ensures that I get an accurate read when I rip. Writing DVD DL at 4x is extremely reliable.


#11

I too confirm this player works with Vista Ultimate 64-bit. I don’t like the slow read only speed. Especially if I have to load software or do file transfers.

FYI - Adobe Acrobrat Pro 7 & 8 are incompatible with Office 2007. Acrobat 7 is incompatible with Vista if you want the latest updates.


#12

I own both drives, and I think that the LH-20A1H is far superior. To tell you the truth, I have only used my GSA-H42L for LightScribe after I got my LH-20A1H. The LG burns the image about ~5 minutes faster with enhanced contrast ratio enabled. Otherwise, the Lite-On is superior in every other way on my rig.

My LG is riplocked at 4X with poorer error correction whereas my Lite-On can rip at 16X+. It lacks C1 and C2 error reporting. It likewise lacks booktype setting to the EEPROM and all of the other cool Lite-On features.

What firmware is on your LH-20A1H? Have you tried LL06? I thought that I’d heard of some Vista success with this drive; maybe not. Also, with the tighter restrictions on drivers and such, does anyone know if it’s even possible to crossflash/upload unofficial firmwares onto the drive under Vista?

All in all, you’ll probably be disappointed with the performance of this drive. Sorry. :frowning: If you can’t wait for Lite-On to release some form of compatibility, it’ll do. The burn quality and LightScribe labeling are rather good; it just sucks at everything else by comparison.

edit: I forgot to mention that my LG does in fact get better burns on MKM003’s (Verbatim 10X DVD+R DL).


#13

to those of you who are using the gsa-h42l and have vista how did you get the software suit to install? or did you? when i try to install it says it only supports windows 2000, me, etc… and up. i’m using vista but it won’t install.


#14

nero 7 essential should work on vista


#15

It’s Seems No new FW update avilible now.


#16

weee wait…


#17

yes, knowing lg we will wait month or two


#18

i fixed the problems. my ID controler was on PIO. I set it on DMA and now the h42l “fly’s”. Excelent speed now! :iagree:


#19

How does one do that? I am not familiar with this setting.

Thanks!


#20

I bought a H42L a few days ago and the read speed on pressed DL DVD-ROMs is extremely slow (starting at 2x). I applied MCSE’s “increase read speed” option to the new H42L Firmware SL01, and to the H42N Firmware RL01 (crossflashed this one), both with negative result after saving and flashing. Then i downloaded Buffalo’s RJ11 firmware for the H42N, applied the read speed option, and now the H42L starts with a read speed of 5x instead of 2x on the same DVD. The only problem is that with the RJ11 there’s no lightscibe anymore (I love my lightscribe feature ;)) and i dont like to flash the drive back and forth just to use LS or have a fast readspeed…

The question is: Why is this RJ11 with “increase read speed” the only one that works on my drive, and is there a solution with the new SL01 released to make it work and read fast on my H42L?

Any help is appreciated… :wink:

Thanks and gn8,
Kali

EDIT:
Damn, i have to revoke anything i wrote before…
I flashed the drive to H42L again, and then back to the RJ11 with increased speed, now it is as slow as all the others… 2x… What am I doing wrong… It worked for one time, and now it doesn’t… Guess i’m stupid :wink:


#21

Damn, Edit Time is over…
Just one last note for tonight, it seems as if it is just this ONE DVD that has the read speed problems… I tried about 10 other DVDs now, all speed up to 5x from the beginning (with H42L SL01 firmware) EXEPT for this one stupid DVD i tried first… dont know why, and could not find a reason for it, for they are all pressed DVDs, with opposite track path, all are booktype DVD-ROM, UDF 1.02… but i dont care anymore… :wink: all other DVDs read just fine, and so my problem is solved is guess…