The massive information involved is already pushing my brain into an overloaded condition. Sorry but I can't spend a lifetime reading everything just to discover the fulfilment for some relatively narrow needs.
I've tried to read partway through the very lengthy discussion of a "Flash Utility for LiteOn Based Optical Drives" from COdeKing, but it is far too technical, complicated, and way beyond my ability to comprehend it. I don't really know what he is talking about, so I can't attempt to use it. For example, what's the difference between a firmware and a flasher, if any? It seems like someone has overlooked the needs of relative newbies like me.
What I need is some simple (hopefully) specific advice for upgrading the firmware in a couple of my Lite-On drives. Is that possible?
Thanks for any help.
The links do not work (go nowhere) at the liteonit.com website explaining how to flash a Lite-On drive using their downloadable zip files, which unzip to become .exe files:
--Audio / Video Products Firmware Upgrade Instruction
--Optical Storage Products Firmware Upgrade Instruction
So where do I get that information?
unzipped is "UP FW"KLON.exe 834,048 bytes
This exe file when displayed in Windows Explorer, or if the properties are examined, has an imbedded yellow and red graphic with the words or acronymns "Up FW". I've never seen anything like it before, anywhere. What is the meaning and purpose of that graphic?
There's another firmware version for LH-20A1P (can't remember where I got it) which downloads as 20A1P.KLON.stock.rar and uncompresses to become 20A1P.KLON.stock.exe 3,282,432 bytes. This is apparently the one used by MCSE. Why does MCSE use this one rather than the one from the above official liteonit.com website?
Why are there these two different versions, one from the liteonit.com website and one from an independent (apparently) source? What's the difference. Can either be used without problems?
Furthermore, at http://codeguys.rpc1.org/lofw/ there are two versions of KLON.zip listed for LH-20A1P, dubbed LH-20A1PX and LH-20A1PU. What does the X and U at the end mean? What's the difference? How am I supposed to know which one to use for my LH-20A1P drive?
unzipped is "UpFW"9P59.exe 1,027,072 bytes
This .exe file when displayed in Windows Explorer, or if the properties are examined, also has an imbedded yellow and red graphic with "Up FW". What is the meaning and purpose of that graphic?
My new DH20A4P drive manufactured Dec'07 came with 9P57 firmware installed.
So is this the right firmware and/or flasher to use to upgrade firmware to 9P59?
Or is there another independent source/version, and if so, why should it be used instead?
Thanks in advance...