Thanks for the tip!
Unfortunately, the Lite-on tool was extremely buggy, and destabilize my system when it was running (I’m on WinXP SP2 with latest updates).
When I first ran the executable, there was a one minute and twenty second pause (with the message “Found : LITE-ON DVDRW LH-20A1H”), then my system spontaneously rebooted.
After that, I tried running it again. Again there was a one minute and twenty second pause. The drive is on the primary IDE channel as the slave device, with an IDE hard disk as the master. During this one minute and twenty second pause, the IDE hard disk appears to be unaccessable. This time after the pause, the tool started.
The only two options under the “Change Booktype to” drop-down were “DVD-ROM” and “NORMAL”. The “Write Now!” button stayed disabled the entire time:
I put in a blank DVD+R DL disc, then selected DVD-ROM for “Change Booktype to” and clicked the “Change” button. It said “BookType changed successfully !”. When I clicked the “Query” button again, the “Current Disc Booktype” still said “DVD+R DL”.
Anyway, I tried to start Nero, but before I did, Windows Explorer crashed and my desktop vanished. Explorer restarted but did not bring the desktop back. I tried CTRL-ALT-DEL and logging off then back on again. I was going to try to start the Lite-on tool again, then start Nero and burn an image. I started the Lite-on tool, then again after a one minute and twenty second pause, I got a svchost.exe crash dialog. I clicked OK on that, then the Lite-on tool’s main window came up. I started Nero, but the system hung. I tried a CTRL-ALT-DEL then doing an “end task” on both Nero and the Lite-on tool, but the whole system was still hung up. I tried doing a CTRL-ALT-DEL then logging off again, but the system froze on “executing wlnotify.dll”. I had to do a manual reset on the computer.
After the reboot, I decided to try to start Nero first, then the Lite-on tool. This time, again after a one minute and twenty second pause, I got a spoolsv.exe crash dialog. I clicked OK on that, then selected DVD-ROM for “Change Booktype to”, then clicked the “Change” button. Again I got the “BookType changed successfully !” message. I didn’t click the “Query” button again, I just burned an image using Nero.
After the image burned, I checked the book type setting of the burned disc (using both the Lite-on tool and Nero CD-DVD Speed 18.104.22.168), and found that the book type was successfully set to DVD-ROM.
The Lite-on tool seems to be for burning applications that don’t support bitsetting. Nero supports bitsetting, and even though this tool works, I feel it’s a lot of unnecessary hoops to jump through.
I sent a support request to Lite-on. We’ll see if they reply after the holiday.
Another weird thing…
With this drive, the Nero “Choose Recorder” dialog displays the “SMART-BURN” option twice (you can also see that there is no book type selection drop-down):
That seems more to be a Nero issue though. (I’m using the latest Nero version, 22.214.171.124A.)
Maybe the book type / bitsetting problem is a Nero issue as well?