I´m not sure if I get you right, but I never saw the 124 F as retail, only the 324. Both drives are available in many shops in Germany. More rare is the 122 F (bulk)
Over the past several years, I have only seen the iHAS324 F drive once in a local computer shop. In my locale and other nearby bigger towns, the iHAS324 model was quite rare.
The iHAS124 F drive was more widely available in local computer shops. I have never seen the 122 F drive in any local shops.
Thought the 324 F last time I was in a Mediamarkt-discounter
The 122 F is IMHO the same as a 124 F with other FW and max 22x write speed
Internal drives are generally rare in shops here, if the shop have any internal drive it´s mostly LG, in the past you also get Samsung-drives
Same here. Most of the drives in stock at local computer shops are external drives.
Nowadays internal drives are in a small tiny section in the nearby local shops, consisting mostly of LG and ASUS.
The last time I saw any Samsung dvd drives, was sometime in late 2017. They were mostly leftover inventory of TSST SH-224GB models with a March 2016 manufacturing date. (ie. Probably the last batch made before TSST filed for bankruptcy).
Were at last friday in another Mediamarkt, found the 324F for 21,99€ and an external drive (ES1 if I remember correct). Nice to see these products in this big discounter
The strange thing, in mediamrkts Online-shop I don´t find these drives, only LG and Asus
Has anyone recently purchased an iHAS124 F or iHAS324 F with a manufacture date in 2018 or later? What firmware did the drive come with?
I have not seen any iHAS124 F models since 2017.
The latest known firmware for iHAS124 F appears to be CL9M. The earliest mention of it appears to be in March 2018.
The explicit date written in the CL9M firmware is 2016/10/13
The other previous known iHAS124 F firmware versions.
CL9F - 2016/05/27
CL99 - 2015/12/03
CL07 - 2015/03/27
I have an iHAS124 F with support for DVD-RAM from 2016 and it has firmware CL99. I think that iHAS124 F no longer come with support for DVD-RAM. Are the more recent firmware compatible with the drive that I have?
I don’t know if I would upgrade the firmware with an unofficial dump of the CL9M firmware, for an iHAS124 F drive that is being used for productive purposes (ie. an office desktop).
Though for “hobby” purposes, there is an unofficial dump of the CL9M firmware in the above linked cdrinfopl page. The unofficial flash utility program will write such unofficial firmware dumps to iHAS124 F drives.
Are you sure it has DVD-RAM support?
What does Opti tell you about this drive?
I do have an Asus “DRW-24F1ST c” drive with an October 2016 manufacturing date, which was clearly a LiteOn iHAS124 F rebadge. (IIRC, I purchased it sometime in 2017).
I crossflash the unofficial CL9M firmware (from cdrinfopl) using the unofficial flash utility program to my DRW-24F1ST drive. It appears to be fine.
I don’t have it connected now to check, but I could be wrong. Why is there not official firmware available?
If I had to guess, dvdr drive manufacturers probably only really do official firmware upgrades if there are serious enough bugs in a previous firmware.
LiteOn firmware used to be available through PLDS SmartPack Utility. Now this does not seem to work. For example, I have an iHAS124 B with firmware AL0R and it reports “No newer updates”, but I know that there is firmware AL0S.
I noticed on your posts on the thread Moser Baer India DVD+R DL
mentioned you were using iHAS124 F drives with firmwares CL9J and CL9M.
If these are the factory default firmwares, what were the manufacturing dates of these iHAS124 F drives with CL9J and CL9M firmwares?
My guess is if anybody wants a LiteOn drive manufactured in 2018, the first place I would look would probably be the recent stock of Vinpower Plextor/Optiarc/PioData drives.
None of my local computer stores carry Vinpower. (They won’t even special order it).
So I keep an eye on amazon’s stock of current Vinpower Plextor/Optiarc/PioData drives, where amazon is actually carrying it themselves. (I don’t trust third party dealers for dvdr drives).
I am asking because of the problem with bad burns using MCC 004 media.
I could get a new iHAS124 F as a local shop has drives manufactured in 2018, but from what I understand even drives with the latest firmware have this problem. Unless I am mistaken?
If MCC 004 has been a known problem for a long time and LiteOn hasn’t done anything about it through several firmware revisions already (ie. CL09, CL98, CL99, CL9F, CL9J, CL9M, etc …), then most likely a 2018 manufactured LiteOn drive would not do much about it either.
(ie. Due to laziness).