There is a new firmware for the LiteOn SOHW-812S available

OMFG!

I wonder if it brings anything over the existing 832 firmware …

what the…?!

they’d better release some new 16x3 firmwares…

```
Drive type : SOHW-812S/802S
Vendor ID string : LITE-ON
Product ID string : DVDRW SOHW-812S
Standard firmware rev. : US0S
Internal firmware rev. : US0S
Firmware timestamp : 2005/07/21 11:19
```

```
Media Codes
===========
Total : 221
+R : 74
+RW : 26
-R : 93
-RW : 28
```

Compared with VS0G:

```
Media Codes
===========
Total : 224
+R : 73
+RW : 26
+R9 : 4
-R : 93
-RW : 28
```

Unscrambled version posted here:

http://codeguys.rpc1.org/firmwares.html#SOHW-812S

Just one extra +R code compared with VS0G.

```
OmniPatcher DVD Media Code Report
=================================
OmniPatcher version: 2.4.2
Firmware file name: US0S.BIN
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
General Information
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Drive type : SOHW-812S/802S
Vendor ID string : LITE-ON
Product ID string : DVDRW SOHW-812S
Standard firmware rev. : US0S
Internal firmware rev. : US0S
Firmware timestamp : 2005/07/21 11:19
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
DVD Media Support Summary
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total media codes : 221
DVD+R media codes : 74
DVD+RW media codes : 26
DVD-R media codes : 93
DVD-RW media codes : 28
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
DVD+R Media Codes (74)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
-001-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
AML -001-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
AML -002-00 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
BeAll000-P40-00 [ 2.4x ]
BeAll000-P80-00 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
CMC MAG -E01-00 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
CMC MAG -F01-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
CMC MAG -F01-01 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
CMC MAG -R01-00 [ 2.4x ]
DAXON -AZ1-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
DAXON -AZ2-00 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
DT-D02 -02 -00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
DT-D03 -004-00 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
GSC502 -002-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
INFODISC-R10-02 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
INFODISC-R20-00 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
INFOME -R20-00 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
ISSM -001-00 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
LD -001-00 [ 2.4x ]
LD -A02-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
LD -S03-00 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
LONGTEN -002-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
LONGTEN -002-00 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
MAXELL -001-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
MAXELL -002-00 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
MBIPG101-R03-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
MBIPG101-R04-01 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
MCC -001-00 [ 2.4x ]
MCC -002-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
MCC -003-00 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
MCC -004-00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
MEDIA ID-001-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
MPOMEDIA-001-00 [ 2.4x ]
MPOMEDIA-040-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
MPOMEDIA-080-00 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
MUST -002-01 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
MUST 002- -02 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
NANYA -CHX-00 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
NANYA -CLX-00 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
NANYA -DR -00 [ 2.4x ]
NANYA -RJB-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
OPTODISC-OP1-00 [ 2.4x ]
OPTODISC-OP2-00 [ 2.4x ]
OPTODISC-OR4-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
OPTODISC-OR8-00 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
Philips -081-00 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
PHILIPS -C08-00 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
PHILIPS -C16-01 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
Plasmon -c01-00 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
PRODISC -R01-00 [ 2.4x ]
PRODISC -R02-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
PRODISC -R03-00 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
PRODISC -R04-04 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
RICOHJPN-R00-00 [ 2.4x ]
RICOHJPN-R01-02 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
RICOHJPN-R02-03 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
RITEK -M02-01 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
RITEK -R01-00 [ 2.4x ]
RITEK -R02-01 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
RITEK -R03-01 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
RITEK -R03-02 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
SKYMEDIA-R01-00 [ 2.4x ]
SKYMEDIA-R03-00 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
SONY -D01-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
SONY -D11-00 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
SONY -D21-00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
TDK -001-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
TDK -002-00 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
VDSPMSAB-001-01 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
Yi Jhan -002-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
YUDEN000-T01-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
YUDEN000-T01-01 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
YUDEN000-T02-00 [ 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
YUDEN000-T03-00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
DVD+RW Media Codes (26)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CMC MAG -W01-00 [ 2.4x ]
CMC MAG -W02-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
DAXON -D41-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
DAXON -D42-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
INFODISC-A01-00 [ 2.4x ]
INFODISC-A10-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
MBIPG101-W03-00 [ 2.4x ]
MBIPG101-W04-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
MCC -A01-00 [ 2.4x ]
MKM -A02-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
NANYA -DRW-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
NANYASC -DRW-00 [ 2.4x ]
OPTODISC-OP1-00 [ 2.4x ]
OPTODISC-OP4-01 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
PHILIPS -010-02 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
PHILIPS -041-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
PRODISC -W01-00 [ 2.4x ]
PRODISC -W02-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
RICOHJPN-W01-00 [ 2.4x ]
RICOHJPN-W11-01 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
RITEK -001-01 [ 2.4x ]
RITEK -004-30 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
RITEK -W04-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
SENTINEL-W01-00 [ 2.4x ]
SENTINEL-W02-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
SONY -S11-00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
DVD-R Media Codes (93)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
4M SYS 202C1-52 [ 2x, 4x ]
AML -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
AN31 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
AN32 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
Auvistar -50 [ 2x ]
BeAll G00001-50 [ 1x ]
BeAll G40001-52 [ 2x, 4x ]
CMC MAG. -50 [ 2x ]
CMC MAG. AE1-52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
CMC MAG. AF1-52 [ 2x, 4x ]
DATA TRACK -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
DAXON004 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
DAXON008 -52 [ 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
DKM_01 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
Dvsn -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
FORNEX001 -50 [ 2x ]
FORNEX101 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
FUJIFILM03 -52 [ 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
GSC001 -50 [ 2x ]
GSC001 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
GSC002 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
GSC003 -52 [ 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
GSC004 -52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
INFODISC-R01-52 [ 2x, 4x ]
INFODISC-R20-52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
ISSM 01 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
LD -50 [ 1x ]
LEADDATA -50 [ 2x ]
LEADDATA S03-52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
LEADDATA01 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
LGE04 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
LGE08 -52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
LONGTEN 001 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
LONGTEN 009 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
MAM4XG01 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
MBI -50 [ 2x ]
MBI 01RG20 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
MBI 03RG30 -52 [ 4x, 6x ]
MCC 00RG200 -50 [ 2x ]
MCC 01RG20 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
MCC 02RG20 -52 [ 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
MCI4XG01 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
MCIG01 -50 [ 2x ]
MEI 00V001 -50 [ 2x ]
MEI 00V002 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
MUST 001 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
MXL RG01 -50 [ 2x ]
MXL RG02 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
MXL RG03 -52 [ 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
NANYA-JC001 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
ONIDTECH -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
OPTODISCK001-50 [ 2x ]
OPTODISCK001-52 [ 2x, 4x ]
OPTODISCR004-52 [ 2x, 4x ]
OPTODISCR008-52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
Plasmon1A -52 [ 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
POSG04 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
POSJ 01 -50 [ 2x ]
PRINCO -50 [ 2x ]
PRINCO -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
PRINCO8X01 -52 [ 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
PRINCO8X02 -52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
ProdiscF01 -52 [ 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
PRODISCG02 -50 [ 2x ]
ProdiscS03 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
ProdiscS04 -52 [ 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
PVC001001 -00 [ 2x ]
PVCR001002 -52 [ 1x, 2x, 4x ]
RITEKG03 -50 [ 2x ]
RITEKG04 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
RITEKG05 -52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
RITEKG06 -52 [ 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
RITEKM02 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
SKC Co.,Ltd.-52 [ 2x, 4x ]
SONY -50 [ 2x ]
SONY04D1 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
SONY08D1 -52 [ 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
SONY16D1 -00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
TAIYOYUDEN -50 [ 2x ]
TAROKO-MX4 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
TDKG02000000-50 [ 2x ]
TTG01 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
TTG02 -52 [ 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
TTH01 -52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
TYG01 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
TYG02 -52 [ 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x ]
TYG02 -52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
TYG03 -00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
UME01 -52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
VANGUARD -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
VDSPMSAB 01 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
VDSP*SAB 01 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
Yi Jhan 001 -52 [ 2x, 4x ]
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
DVD-RW Media Codes (28)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
CMCW02 -00 [ 2x ]
CMCW03 -00 [ 4x ]
DAXON_RW2X01-00 [ 2x ]
JVC/VictorT7-00 [ 1x ]
JVC0VictorD7-00 [ 2x, 4x ]
JVC_VictorW7-00 [ 2x ]
MCC 00RW11N9-00 [ 1x ]
MCC 01RW11n9-00 [ 2x ]
MCC 01RW4X -00 [ 2x, 4x ]
OPTODISCK001-20 [ 1x ]
OPTODISCK001-21 [ 2x ]
OPTODISCW002-21 [ 2x ]
OPTODISCW004-21 [ 2x, 4x ]
PRINCO -20 [ 1x ]
PRINCO -21 [ 2x ]
PRINCORW0004-31 [ 2x, 4x ]
Prodisc DW04-21 [ 2x ]
Prodisc DW06-00 [ 4x ]
ProdiscDVDRW-00 [ 1x ]
PVCW00D002K9-21 [ 2x ]
PVCW00V00245-00 [ 1x, 2x ]
RITEK000V11A-00 [ 1x ]
RITEKW01 -00 [ 2x ]
RITEKW04 -00 [ 2x, 4x ]
SONY000000U9-00 [ 1x ]
TDK501saku]3-20 [ 1x ]
TDK502sakuM3-00 [ 2x ]
TDK601saku -00 [ 2x, 4x ]
```

I can’t believe they actually released new firmware for this drive, I got fed up with the seemingly “final” firmware over a year ago and ditched mine. Just wondering if anyone could test the burn quality on TY T02 code media as US0Q sucked on these discs. Results for Sony D11 (which was even worse by a factor of 2 to 3 times) or Optodisc OR8 would also be appreciated. My prior scan data is from a BenQ DW1620 B7V9 so results from a drive of this type would be ideal.

In case anyone has one of these drives, they absolutely love CMC AE1 DVD-R 8x media. It’s the only media (of the 8 types I tested) that actually burned anywhere near the capabilities of the discs as compared to my other (many) burners. Surprisingly, the results for this media actually beat drives like my ND-3500A 2.1A, DVR-109 1.58, 4120B A117, and 4163B A103 in total PIF counts. Completely out of character performance for the general burn quality of this drive, but at least there’s something that works well. Overall this is a pretty lame drive, so I hope this firmware seriously improves it as Liteon seems to be making some headway with their more recent products.

It’s good to see that they haven’t completely forgotten about the 2S (mind you, most other manufacturers haven’t released any firmwares for their 8x drives since 2004). What I can’t believe is that they released US0S without releasing VS0H (or whatever the next VS0 firmware is called). Since LiteOn stopped maintaining a separate development line for the 812S firmwares a while ago and instead used stripped-down 832S firmwares instead, I’m surprised that they didn’t release anything for the 832S since a newer 812S firmware must mean that they also have a newer 832S firmware to have based this newer 812S firmware off of. Maybe if someone asked them nicely…

Well, I flashed my friend’s drive tonight and burned a Nero test disc on it using media that I previously tested on it–and the results are actually worse. Nasty escalation of PIF’s in the 6x zone on this media, and PIE’s are elevated by about a factor of 15 over burns on a drive like the DVR-109 1.57. Ah well it’s not like I expect that much from Liteon anyway but at least it gives me more to shake my head at. I analyzed the same disc on the Liteon itself after burning it and it claimed the PIE rate was under 5 and the PIF rate was under 0.20, with a couple large single PIF spikes knocking the quality score down to 38. This is exactly why I stopped using Liteons for quality scanning as half of the time the results are BS.

The results for the burn with firmware US0Q were 39.89 / 1.14 / 10.83% averages and a quality score of 93. Total PIFs were about 1/3 of this burn done on US0S. Unfortunately I did not save a graph of that analysis. I did note that on that burn the PIE level generally escalated in the 8x zone compared to the other ones. Apparently their latest stategy produces quite a bit different results.

I’m having shocking results with US0S, was using US0J and getting 50-60~ PI averages on ProdiscF01, with US0S i’m getting 300~ !!!

I think it’s about time for me to crossflash