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
LG advertises some of these later firmwares as “improving Ultra HD BluRay disc compatibility”. In reality the purpose of these firmware updates seems to be rather the opposite: to actually close the loophole in AACS 2.0 that allows ‘UHD friendly’ drives like the NS50 family to rip Ultra HD BluRay movies. Ripping Ultra HD BluRay movies is no longer possible with the latest firmware. More details here: https://www.myce.com/news/lg-blu-ray-burner-firmware-update-closes-aacs-2-0-loophole-cant-downgraded-83322/
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