LG GSA-4040B: Firmware A302 released

vbimport

#1

Grab it here: http://de.lgservice.com/jsp/common/download.jsp?DOC_ID=ECSWL000012790&FILE_NAME=ECSWL000012790-b1-a1.zip&ORIGINAL_NAME_b1_a1=GSA4040A302.zip&FILE_GUBUN=B

There’s a changelog saying that the writing speeds have been improved
(in German: “Verbesserte Punkte: Schreibgeschwindigkeit für DVD-R/+R/-RW/+RW”).

I’m not sure whether this changelog is for A301 or A302, because
the also included installation guide refers to A301.


#2

Seems like they’ve improved the firmware.
Philips +R @4x


Unique Disc Identifier : [DVD+R:CMC MAG-F01-00]

Disc Type : [DVD+R]
Manufacturer ID : [CMC MAG]
Media Type ID : [F01]
Product Revision : [Not Specified]
Disc Application Code : [General Purpose]
Recording Speeds : [2.4x - 4x]
Blank Disc Capacity : [Not Supported By Method 2]

** WARNING : Format 11h (Method 1) Is Recommended ADIP Retrieval Method
** WARNING : Format 00h (Method 2) Data May Contain Drive Modified Values
** INFO : Hex Dump Of ‘Media Code’-Block Listed Below
** INFO : 4-Byte Header Preceding ‘Media Code’-Block Discarded
** INFO : Format 00h (Method 2) - Physical Information (Copy Of ADIP)
0000 : a1 0f 02 00 00 03 00 00 00 26 05 3f 00 00 00 00 …&.?..
0010 : 00 00 01 43 4d 43 20 4d 41 47 00 46 30 31 00 38 …CMC MAG.F01.8
0020 : 23 54 37 10 02 48 71 02 8c 69 16 16 0b 0b 0a 0a #T7…Hq…i…
0030 : 01 1d 1e 0c 0c 12 12 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0040 : 01 00 38 38 02 28 64 31 05 30 22 10 08 20 1c 01 …88.(d1.0"… …
0050 : 00 00 02 28 64 31 05 30 22 10 08 20 1c 01 00 00 …(d1.0"… …
0060 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0070 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0080 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
0090 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
00a0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
00b0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
00c0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
00d0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
00e0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …
00f0 : 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 …

** INFO : An Empty Writable Disc Is Recommended For Accurate Results
** INFO : LITE-ON DVDRW LDW-411S [FW FS0F]
** INFO : [DVD+R:CMC MAG-F01-00]
** INFO : Write Speeds (Supported By This Drive On This Disc) Listed Below

** INFO : GET PERFORMANCE Write Speed Descriptor(s)
Descriptor #1 = 5540 KBPS (4.00x) - [CLV/Non-Pure CAV]
Descriptor #2 = 3324 KBPS (2.40x) - [CLV/Non-Pure CAV]

** INFO : MODE SENSE Write Speed Descriptor(s) [Legacy Command]
Descriptor #1 = 5540 KBPS (4.00x) - [CLV/Non-Pure CAV]
Descriptor #2 = 3324 KBPS (2.40x) - [CLV/Non-Pure CAV]

Firmware A301 - PI/PO sum 8 ECC



#3

Firmware A302 - PI/PO sum 8 ECC



#4

At the risk of sounding stupid. Why is your info for a LiteOn 411S drive and not the LG 4040B??:confused:


#5

Coz KProbe only cooperates with LiteOns…
writing device: LG GSA-4040B (A301/A302)
reading/scanning device: LiteOn LDW-411S (FS0F)

Btw.: Welcome to the forum.


#6

Cheers for the welcome!!
On my limited knowledge this would suggest quite an improvement. I presume this is for a Philips+R @4x disc.
Have you done this for any other discs?
Also is there any other program out there that would show the same as Kprobe that doesn’t need a LiteOn drive?


#7

Up to now I’ve tested three different DVDRs, all of them gave
better results (compared to A301).
I don’t know whether there’s another program which can be used
to check the error rate. You can try Nero’s CD Speed to test the
readability.
Don’t know whether the other faults stated here have gone.


#8

Can’t download update. Just get a screen full of hyroglyhics and no down load file. What am I doing wrong?

Had the same trouble with A301 and then found a forum member with a downloadable file.

Thanks for your help and enjoy the forum and a merry Christmas

Colin


#9

Thanks to DiggnSaeg.

All worked well.

Have a merrry Xmas

Colin in New Zealand


#10

It can burn the Generic Long Ten Media @ 4X now… it was only burning @ 2X with A301 :smiley: Props to LG


#11

i just downloaded the 302 firmware upgrade for my lge 4040b firmware 301 dvd burner . now what do i do ? i just double click on the exe file and wait for the process to end ? any tips would be greatly appreciated

p.s. happy new year to all :slight_smile:


#12

Originally posted by wintron
[B]i just downloaded the 302 firmware upgrade for my lge 4040b firmware 301 dvd burner . now what do i do ? i just double click on the exe file and wait for the process to end ? any tips would be greatly appreciated

p.s. happy new year to all :slight_smile: [/B]

It’s the same process for all the firmware updates for this drive.

  1. make sure the drive is a Master drive on the Secondary IDE channel and that there is no other drive on that channel.

  2. make sure that there is no media in the drive

  3. run the firmware update and do not interupt it.

That is all there is to it.

Cheers!!


#13

thanks , done . there was another device on second ide ( cdwriter ) , but it completed successfully . once again thanks :slight_smile:


#14

Me and my friend bought together 2 lg gsa 4040b.They had A300 firmware.
We upgrade to A301 and my friend write X4 but i can’ t write X4 only X2.(to the same dvd-r prime disk).
I upgrade to A302 but i still write X2.Why is this happens?
Is it possible to put again the A301 f/w or is this fault?


#15

Yea I cant burn at 4x with DVD-R’s. I could write to DVD+R’s without the firmware fine but the DVD-R still is maxed at 2x. Don’t like this…


#16

I have read that the GSA4040B is rpc-2 and that some firmwares are linked with the rpc-2. After installing my writer, I chose region 1, since I live in North America. At the moment my writer has A301 firmware and I would like to update to the A302 firmware. My only fear now is, will my writer change back to region 2? Since of course I now only have 4 more attempts left at changing regions. Must I fear that every time i upgrade my firmware, my region code will revert to region 2?


#17

Originally posted by bobbi1023
I have read that the GSA4040B is rpc-2 and that some firmwares are linked with the rpc-2. After installing my writer, I chose region 1, since I live in North America. At the moment my writer has A301 firmware and I would like to update to the A302 firmware. My only fear now is, will my writer change back to region 2? Since of course I now only have 4 more attempts left at changing regions. Must I fear that every time i upgrade my firmware, my region code will revert to region 2?

Updating the firmware should not change the drive’s region setting at all. That should only happen when you play a disc from a different region than what the drive is set to…


#18

Please help! I have a LG GSA-4040B with (currently) A300 firmware.

I downloaded both the A301 and A302 firmware and want to upgrade, but I am apprehensive.

The LG installation instructions for A301 include the following statements:

3. Execute the firmware program.

4. If the current firmware version is a lower number than the new version the Update button should be green. If it's red the program cannot communicate with your drive or your drive has the current firmware revision.

When I load both the A301 and A302 firmware programs the Update button is red. Is it safe to go ahead? The drive itself is certainly not faulty.

Also, is it possible to upgrade from A300 to A302, or does A301 have to be implemented first?

Thanks in advance for any advice.


#19

Recently I wanted a DVD writer for two easy uses - copy photo’s of my daughter to one CD and image my Windows disc to a single piece of media.

I’m uneducated about DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW, DVD-RAM and CD-R/-RW and thats ok. Well CD-R stuff I was limited in knowledge, just enough to get data off the HD. An bullsh*t in a store maybe.

I looked around as best I could and I missed the fairly negative review on this site. Never fails… did homework and damn.
Anyway I like the site, lots of good info.

Bj

[QUOTE]Originally posted by DiggnSaeg
[B]Up to now I’ve tested three different DVDRs, all of them gave
better results (compared to A301).
Don’t know whether the other faults stated here


#20

hi guys,

this is my first post here :slight_smile:

I bought my LG 4040B writer in December for $149 CDN before tax (doh… should have waited for futureshop’s boxing day sale).

anyways, my drive is manufacturered in November 2003 and the firmware was A301

I tried quite a few DVD-R media in futureshop and the result is as follows:

Pine DVD-R 10-pack (4x): burn at 2x
E2works DVD-R 10-pack (4x): burn at 2x
memorex DVD-R 5-pack (4x): burn at 2x
maxell DVD+R 5-pack (4x): burn at 4x
maxell DVD-R 5-pack (4x): burn at 4x

I noticed that my drive performed poorly when writing at 4x (the buffer kept running between 90 and 10) and the write time was only a bit faster than my 2x write time… something was definitely wrong.

well it turned out that since my DVD writer was attached to my Promise ATA100 controller card, it wasn’t recognized properly ! (during computer boot-up, my promise controller didn’t recognize the drive at all, although the drive IS recognized under Windows XP). Anyways, since I have no direct way of checking whether DMA is enabled or not (not accessible via the promise driver), I decided to move the drive to my motherboard IDE2 as primary. Voila, I was able to burn at 4x with buffer staying around 96 and burned full capacity in around 15 minutes :slight_smile:

just yesterday, I updated the firmware to A302. I checked both the canadian and US LG service website and I noticed something weird: the new firmware on the Canadian website is intended for DOS mode only (I remember seeing someone in this thread, or others, mentioned something about seeing many files and was told to run “install”). On the US website, the firmware is provided as a windows program in a zip file (one EXE file). Well after extracting the zip file and running the EXE file, I see the GUI and, interestingly, the “update” button is red (which means not good…), even though it recognized my drive properly and showed the fact that I’m upgrading from A301 to A302 (my LG dvd writer is on IDE2 as master drive, and there’s a Lite-on cd writer on IDE2 ad slave). I clicked “update” anyways and to my surprise, it started updating my dvd writer and after a few minutes (I believe it took over a minute), it said “update complete” and told me to reboot.

after rebooting my drive seems to perform as normal, so I guess the update was complete (it shows I’m A302 now).

I immediately put in the Pine DVD-R and hoped to see the magic 4x in Nero… but unfortunately it’s still recognized as 2x :frowning:

that’s my experience for now :slight_smile:

oh, by the way, I bought a spindle of 25 DVD-R for $33 CDN before tax at a local computer store in Richmond, BC, Canada. http://www.computraksystem.com

I asked the guy in the store if it’s guaranteed to run at 4x, and the guy started giving me a lecture about “there’s no such thing as GUARANTEE… I’ve tested it on my drives and it works. if you can’t burn at 4x, it’s YOUR problem” (what a f***ing guy …)

well, as I thought, it burns at 2x on my drive… the media is reported as AN31 under Nero CD-DVD Speed. I read somewhere else that it is bad media, should be avoided at all cost. knowing that I probably can’t refund this sh*t, I gave it a try anyways. I burned some anime on my HD (4,458MB) in Nero and chose to do verification after burning and things seemed ok. To be safe, I did a “tranfer rate” test in Nero CD-DVD speed and the curve seems ok (didn’t drop off dramatically in the end like what other people reported). I’m not sure if the writing quality is improved by the new firmware, or I was just lucky.

hope my post is of some use, and sorry for posting such a lengthy “article” @_@