A WARNING regarding the recent raft of LG firmware update releases
Not a new firmware announcement as such, but since not everyone would have seen this in the UHD section of the forum, it is worth posting a WARNING here about the changes introduced by LG in their recent raft of firmware update releases.
To those interested in ripping Ultra HD BluRay movies
The other major change silently introduced in these recent firmwares that everyone should be aware of, is that once a drive is flashed to one of these newer firmwares, LG has made it impossible to downgrade to an earlier firmware using the normal unlocked flasher method, which means that it is a lot more difficult to flash / crossflash a drive once it has been updated to one of these latest firmwares or indeed just to go back to an earlier firmware version. Given the previous point, the reason for this silent change is quite obvious: to stop people from reverting back to an earlier firmware revision which allows UHD ripping. Luckily, thanks to the great work of blackened2687 and czary2mary it is still possible to downgrade and/or crossflash to an older firmware by using DosFlash and the method described here: DosFlash V2.0 patched to support BH16NS40/BH16NS55 drives
What about UHD-certified drives like the BU40N? Surely they could/would not remove the ability to read UHD discs on a drive advertised/sped’ed for that purpose?
The initial firmware for this drive had serious issues with BD playback and CD burning IIRC (at least, according to one OEM changelog for their private firmware update) so a firmware update is much more than cosmetic.
Note 1: Do not update your drive with this firmware if you are interested in ripping Ultra HD BluRay movies. See the warning posted two posts up. This is one of those firmwares.
Note 2: Re-released in February with a revised flasher, but the firmware itself is identical to the original release. The BW-16D1HT and BW-16D1HT-PRO firmwares are 100% identical, so you can use any of the two download links.
Note 1: This firmware has been released in a binary format suitable for Vinpower duplicator controllers (additional header data + the binary firmware itself), not as a regular *.exe updater. Furthermore, the binary file provided cannot be flashed ‘as is’ without first cleaning the additional data. A clean flashable binary that can be flashed as usual, using an unlocked flasher, has been provided above.
Note 2: Given its release date, this is probably not a UHD rip-friendly firmware. See the warning posted several posts above.
The clean binary version of “WH16NS58 DUP 1.V5-00” has a an unusual size and the EEPROM data mover doesn’t allow to move the data there (invalid file size). It seems like nott all additional information was cleaned of the file. Are you sure that the clean image is correct?
None of what you said is true, so please stop spreading misinformation.
The clean version that I have posted is 100% correct and has the correct file size. You’ve probably downloaded the wrong file (the official binary firmware from the first link which is in Vinpower controller format and not directly flashable) instead of downloading the correct clean version provided in the second link. Either that or you were trying to flash the zip file, instead of first extracting the *.bin firmware from the zip archive…
If you want the clean flashable version then you need to download the cleaned version that I have posted in the second link (the firmware is inside of the archive, so you’ll obviously have to unzip it), which is this one:
That’s because I am a moron and uploaded a wrong file. Your file contains an extra header that makes it’s impossible to process and flash with such tools as DosFlash. I just cut the header off and cleaned the EEPROM area once again.
Here is the right image. . Sorry.
The second file that you just posted is actually identical to the first one you posted before, and both of them are identical to the proper firmware file included inside of the WH16NS58DUP_1.V5-00_CLEAN.zip archive that I originally posted on 4 March in the second link of that post.
You just don’t seem to get it…
The official HLDTSTBDREWH16NS58.1V5 firmware file from inside of the HLDTSTBDREWH16NS58.zip file which can be downloaded from Vinpower’s website (the first link from my original post), has been released in a binary format that is only suitable for Vinpower duplicator controllers (the file is ~100k larger than a normal NS50 firmware file, because it contains ~100k of additional data in addition to the actual WH16NS58 firmware itself). That is the official firmware package released by Vinpower for their duplicators, in duplicator controller firmware format.
My file is the one inside of the WH16NS58DUP_1.V5-00_CLEAN.zip archive, from the second link in my original post. Unlike Vinpower’s firmware which due to the extra data cannot be directly flashed to a drive, this is a standard flashable file which has been already cleaned and which is 100% correct and working. All the extra data appended by Vinpower has been cleaned, and the result is a proper firmware file that is 100% flash ready, and which obviously has the correct size and no longer contains any extra headers, nor does it require any other cleaning. Everything that needed to be cleaned has been already cleaned, so the WH16NS58DUP_1.V5-00_CLEAN.bin file is a proper flashable firmware that works perfectly fine with any tool, including Dosflash.
Sorry, but you are wrong. Your “clean” image has a special vpr header in the beginning. Just open in with any hex editor and see. And it can’t be flashed with DosFlash because it has wrong size. Just compare it exact size with any other firmware image. Or try to process it with data mover. Have you tried to do that with your image you named “clean”?