I recently replaced an old NEC burner that was starting to flake out with a new Lite-On iHAS422. This has been problematic, as I have no reliable way to set the booktype in Linux, which I need to do to get DVD+R/DL’s to work in my regular DVD player. I can run Lite-On’s booktype utility after booting into Windows, but the setting doesn’t stick for very long. After a few burns under Linux, the drive reverts to the default booktype settings. So I end up effectively coastering two discs - one that got burned with the wrong booktype, and another one that I have to burn in Windows to reset it. So…
Is there a utility that will run natively in Linux (like necflash did on my old NEC) to manage the booktype setting for the iHAS422? Please don’t recommend Windows utilities under WINE/VMware unless you know from personal experience that they actually work, as most will not correctly manage the firmware under emulation even if they otherwise appear to run.
If no such utility exists, can someone recommend a current drive that does have such a utility? I see that binflash/necflash will work with Optiarc drives, but the current drives at Newegg (like the Sony/Optiarc AD-7220S) are really rebadged Lite-Ons. Will binflash still work with these, at least as far as setting the booktype is concerned? I don’t really care about custom firmware and such, I just need to be able to reliably burn DVD+R/DL’s with a DVD-ROM booktype.
Thanks for any input/solutions you can provide.