Hi Again BGXâ€¦. â€˜Mind if I call you BGX? â€˜Sounds â€œracierâ€ than â€˜Bad Girl Xâ€™ . OK on your checking out the MP4 ability and I agree these op manuals are often somewhat misleading. If the manual fairly accurately describe each basic function accurately I consider myself lucky.
OK on your S/N. It seems to be following the same pattern as the 5045s. According to a post I read somewhere, the first 4 digits relate to the Region the unit is set-to, the second 4 digits relate to the Country, the third 4 digits indicate the Operating Systemâ€™s Firmware version number, the fourth 4 digits show the Firmware version of the DVD Burner/Drive in the unit (all â€œB20*â€ firmware series are for the LiteOn 813c burner) and I canâ€™t place what the parenthesized numbers mean. I do recall however that some of the parenthesized digits on my 5045 changed when I installed the hacked 0197 Firmware version.
The S/N on my 5045 is 0132-0141-0197-B20B (011-010D)
The HD info is: Disc: 538C-0000-0F HD: ST3160022ACE-9.51-5JS3M200
Thereâ€™s a collection of 5045 firmwares (I think) done by Mr. Wizard, the author of the ILO hacking tool at: http://www.ss3f.com/ilo/5045/index.htm
In my opinion as an old technician, there are a few considerations due before one makes the decision to install hacked firmware into a unit of recent mfg date.
- Cost and Schedule trade-off of buying an add-on device that defeats MV vs possible costs incurred should you need to return the unit for a factory repair because of malfunction and damage to your unitâ€™s Operating System EPROM caused by a corrupted or incompatible hacking file or a power failure during the update burn cycle. The only way I know to check for OS compatibility for the 5045 is to search the file candidate for the hack with a Hex Viewer to verify the chipset is mfg by â€œLSIâ€ corp. This is â€œdoableâ€ without too much hassle by your computer nerd friends.
- Confidence that the unitâ€™s Burner drive is compatible. I think your unitsâ€™ Burner is compatible, evidenced by the â€œB20Mâ€ firmware version indicated in your S/N. Note that mine is at â€œB20Bâ€. Your â€œMâ€ is a later Burner firmware update than my â€œBâ€.
Re: â€œthe numbers didn’t change when i went down the menu, so i don’t know the hard drive info. is there somewhere else i can look for the hard drive info?â€
No, short of dismantling the unit to read the HD config directly off the drive itself and I know you donâ€™t want to do that. An interesting note here is that people have reported that this HD info was always available in the setup menu up until the Firmware upgrades reached a certain version; â€˜donâ€™t know which version except that my unit at version Firmware 197 (MV hacked) still shows the HD data.
Re: â€œ ------- and i used the RCA red-white-yellow as well. is that the composite? i don’t know what’s the RF output because it isn’t mentioned anywhere. but i had to use the scart and the RCA together to make it work.
Yes, the yellow is video and the red & white are for Right and Left audio. I forgot that you EU folks have the SCART modular connectors to contend with. Iâ€™m afraid Iâ€™m not familiar with the â€˜pin-outâ€™ of those connector types but expect that the â€œRFâ€ signal is contained within one of itâ€™s lines. The RF signal is simply the TV channel (VHF Radio Frequency, usually Channel 3 in the US) that youâ€™ve set your VHS playersâ€™ output to. If your 5055+ has a â€œTV INâ€ connector, this RF line would be connected to it to allow an â€œRF Onlyâ€ recording to take place. The recorded mediasâ€™ (RF) signal would simply be going through your unitsâ€™ TV tuner and MV would not be detected but the recorded video and audio quality would likely not be true stereo.
I suppose the MV jamming spec conventions might vary in your country, however, theyâ€™re usually applied on the video (yellow) signal line here in the US. I suspect that if youâ€™re attempting to record a MV protected movie to DVD without using hacked firmware that it might not work if the video (yellow RCA) plug is connected to comp video-in on the LiteON. The best quality here seems to occur when using the â€˜S-Videoâ€™ input connection to the LiteON and the white and red RCA plugs for Audio.
As to the 2 Language scenario, Iâ€™m not sure but if you make a true copy of a DVD with that â€˜viewer-selectableâ€™ characteristic, then it might work. This might require a â€˜bit for bitâ€™ copy though and likely would need to be done on your computer using other software.
Regarding the setting/changing of record speed variance from what you originally put in the setup menu, I think the selected speed in the â€œEasy Guiderâ€ menu will override whatâ€™s in the setup menu. On my units (5005 and 5045) thatâ€™s the way it works. I think that if you start the recording by simply using the <Record> button including itâ€™s OTR function, that the last set record speed would prevail.
Sorry but I havenâ€™t used the peripheral boxes in the last 20 years and I simply donâ€™t know if theyâ€™re worth the price. Iâ€™m a â€˜hobbyist/tinkererâ€ and the most fun (for me) is playing with the hack-ability of the LiteOns. BTW, Iâ€™m definitely NOT a movie buff but having a background in electronics, enjoy playing with these recorders.
Yes, I think LiteOn is making probably 80% of the worldâ€™s DVD/CD recorders and that includes many â€œre-badgedâ€ lines like the ILOâ€™s and it seems thereâ€™s a new company line out almost ever day nowadays. With enough â€œtime to tinkerâ€, the electronic hobbyist can have a field day trying to get them all figured-out.