[QUOTE=gwent;2171634]I did read those, but i am still a bit confused. So would I crossflash the drive first using SFDNWIN, and then run the samsung patch utility and point it to that same patch again, to disable riplock and region codes etc.? What about the posts about avoiding SFDNWIN?[/QUOTE]
No, you do it all in one step. Use the patch utility on the firmware you want to cross-flash your drive with. The patch utility works with Samsung AND all of the Samsung compatible firmwares. No need for separate steps.
I don’t know what you mean about avoiding SFDNWIN. That program is what is used to flash firmware on all Samsung drives. You can’t avoid it, because it’s an official and standard utility. Using something other than SFDNWIN is what you want to avoid doing. The patch utility is for patching, not flashing, so maybe you have the functions of each confused.
And before you do anything, please make sure that you’re clear about EVERYTHING, lest you destroy your drive. Don’t cross-flash until everything is CRYSTAL CLEAR.
And another thing, is there a particular reason why you decided to buy a much older drive like the SH-S182M? The 18x Samsung drives are not going to necessarily work as well when patched as the newer 20x and 22x drives do. If I were looking for speed, I would have gotten a 202N or a 222N.