Oh my! Just a reminder to all newbies: Update your firmware! What a difference it makes! WOW

[qanda]This thread is about the Samsung SH-S203B / TS-H653B. Click here to see full specs[/qanda]I have had my S203B since last year. Ever since I had it, making ISO files would take me 20 minutes for a 4.7GB DVD(-R/+R, didn’t matter). Recently, and by recently I mean today, I was so sick and tired of 20 minute reads using ImgBurn. What the hell was the problem?!

So I decided to come back to this forum to ask you all if such horrendous times were normal. Before I did that, I said to myself… “Hmm, before I go make a topic about this, maybe I should update my firmware and do some basic troubleshooting to save some time because that’s what they’re going to tell me to do right off the bat.” It will save some time so that I could get to the real issues. Needless to say, updating my firmware completely destroyed the need for a help thread.

Samsung’s official website only had firmware up to SB03, which I already had. Also, they didn’t have the .exe needed to use the .bin supplied, so I discovered SamsungODD and through the ODD site, I found the SB04 update! I promptly downloaded, installed and restarted.

What a difference! What a GLORIOUS difference!

I 00:47:16 Operation Started!
I 00:47:16 Source Device: [2:0:0] TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S203B SB04 (F:) (ATA)
I 00:47:16 Source Media Type: DVD-R (Disc ID: FUJIFILM03)
I 00:47:16 Source Media Sectors: 1,084,508 (Track Path: PTP)
I 00:47:16 Source Media Size: 2,221,072,384 bytes
I 00:47:16 Source Media Volume Identifier: ghmpt
I 00:47:16 Source Media Application Identifier: CDB SDK
I 00:47:16 Source Media File System(s): ISO9660, Joliet
I 00:47:16 Read Speed (Data/Audio): 32x / 32x
I 00:47:16 Destination File: I:\Disks\22\ghmpt.iso
I 00:47:16 Destination Free Space: 722,224,074,752 bytes (705,296,948 KB) (688,766 MB) (672 GB)
I 00:47:16 Destination File System: NTFS
I 00:47:16 File Splitting: Auto
I 00:47:16 Reading Session 1 of 1… (1 Track, LBA: 0 - 1084507)
I 00:47:16 Reading Track 1 of 1… (MODE1/2048, LBA: 0 - 1084507)
I 00:50:06 Exporting Graph Data…
I 00:50:06 Graph Data File: C:\Documents and Settings\Maker\Application Data\ImgBurn\Graph Data Files\TSSTcorp_CDDVDW_SH-S203B_SB04_2009-03-18_AM_12-47_FUJIFILM03.ibg
I 00:50:06 Export Successfully Completed!
I 00:50:06 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:02:49
I 00:50:06 Average Read Rate: 12,834 KB/s (9.3x) - Maximum Read Rate: 16,804 KB/s (12.1x)

At first I thought that maybe it had to do with the fact that I had increased the read speed to 32X (it was at 16X since I first got ImgBurn), but I tried my newly updated drive at 16X and it’s still faster than ever. I’ve never seen speeds this fast! I would go up to something around 4x, and it was so hellish. Ugh. Why didn’t I do this earlier? :sad: :o :doh:

On top of this I can now play music while making ISOs. Something I was never able to do in the past! I would have to go do something else for 20 minutes! No audio, no video, because it would stutter and I was afraid that it would mess up the ISO creation or burning! I have an Intel Dual Core E2200 (2.2 Ghz) and 4 GB of RAM. Why did I think that playing a movie or listening to a movie would destroy my ISO creation? I was so, so stupid – it is not 2001 anymore. Everything runs like a dream now. Oh… I am deeply saddened at how much time has been lost. :sad:

But everything is much better. I am not joking when I say that this has literally improved the quality of my life, hahaha. You’d think I was joking, but I’m not. It has seriously made my life better and I’m happy as can be right now about this, because I have tons of DVDs to rip to my harddrive and now it will take only a fraction of the time. :slight_smile:

Update your firmware, people! Update it! The firmware is king! :bow: