I have recently bought a LVW-5045 and have been trying to upgrade the fw that its been shipped with 193 as the unit was built 17 Jan 2005 and have not been able to do so. As The unit does not recognise any DL disk that I have tried despite the fact that the brand appears in the approved manufacter list.
Imation, TDK, Mitsubishi are among a few that I have tried and the unit alwaus comes up with the message ( invalid disk )
I have practically read every available thread regarding this issue and have tried all of the possible suggestion that I cold see and still no go.
The Unit has been Purchased in Australia with
serial number 0132-1640-0193-B208(001-010D) and the Model Number on the box indicates that this is actually a LVW-5045f I have yet to find out what is the mysterious F after the model number means !!!
On The liteon site the only available FW for this unit is the
[196-EU] [196-UK] [197-US] [193-TW] not exactly as straight forward as I have assumed it would be. Not knowing what FW crosspond to my region if any I have followed the instruction for the firmware upgrade point by point and even went so far restoring to default settings and noting seems to work.
No matter which FW is unzipped and burned with Nero as explained none has ever prompted me with the upgrade screen. I have even tried to boot up with the disk in the drive and all I ever see is the unit picking the disk up as a data disk spins a bit and then noting no upgrade menu and no upgrade.
I have tried each and every one of the available firmwares released crossponding to LVW-5045 as mentioned above and have tried to burn the unpacked information in CD and CDRW and even a Blank DVD -R and they all come with the same response data disk and “Noting” no upgrade screen.
Surely upgrading a FW should be simpler than this but it does not appear to be the case in my part.
I would appreciate any helpful suggestion, regarding this procedure and what FW is meant to work with this unit so maybe I could be able to get the unit to recognise any of the DL DVD +R before I start to rip apart the unit removing the DVDR and upgrade it manually through my computer, because this is really getting Ridiculous like the liteon support and their ever Trivial instruction/s.