Hi there, I recently purchased an LG 4081B and was talking to a techie friend who mentioned that it may be possible for it to burn dual layer dvds with a firmware update. Now, assuming that LG will most likely not release such an update (as it would undermine their 412x line), is this possible, and is there somewhere I can find this firmware?
Many things can cause the drive not to burn. There are separate lasers for CD/DVD reading and writing. If the drive will not read/write to DVDs, the DVD laser is probably damaged. Although the only way to know for sure is to connect the drive to another system. Certain programs/drivers installed on a system can interfere with burning or reading as well. In either situation, updating the firmware typically will not help. There are even a few unlucky people who have software on their system which interferes with flashing the drive.
In any case, the GSA-4081B is a very old model. So if it is that the DVD reading laser has died, it’s way lived past it’s useful life.
I’d be annoyed when a drive doesn’t seem to want to do anything right and I myself have boycotted a few brands here and there for similar reasons.