Pro question: Firmware from another drive

vbimport

#1

Hi guys!
I guess this question has been posted here many times but you must agree with me: it is impossible to formulate a correct search sentence to find it out, the subject is just too large:

The question is: if I know a firmware from another drive can go on my drive, which utility to use, because the original one won’t accept to flash?

Here we go:
On my Asus Laptop (A8Jm), I have a TSSTCorp TS-L632D (rev AS05). “AS” stands for Asus I guess, because other TSST firmwares are not starting by “AS”.
It does not burn LightScribe, but I found somewhere that the TSSTCorp SN-S082D is the same physical drive and does burn LightScribe.
The SFDWin software tells me kindly “This firmware is not compatible with the selected drive”.

Well, so:

  • How to get SURE I can exchange firmwares?
  • How to flash it then?

Thank you all for your time and help! :slight_smile:

Ninj


#2

Who told you the drives would be equal???

Lightscribe requires EXTRA hardware.


#3

Please keep in mind that you will invalidate any warranties by changing the firmware of your drive to anything unsupported.

I don’t know how you can find to make sure it is the same - try looking for user experiences. No real surefire way - but if you find images of the internals - check to see the chipset is the same at least.

If you do want to flash it - i think the flasher SFDWin is not very smart and if you start it up with a flasher correct for your firmware [if you do find one from Asus] and then you swap the file with the firmware in it for the firmware you want to flash [renaming that to the same name as the correct firmware] - that might work as I had once crossflashed a Ricoh to Samsung firmware.

Otherwise, you’ll need to see whether it uses a MediaTEK chipset, and whether MTKFlash works with it. There are tutorials around on how to use MTKFlash - to use it to backup your existing firmware so you can hopefully restore it later if something goes wrong - and also to force-flash a different firmware onto the drive.

I do NOT encourage you to proceed if you have any doubts. Are you sure you really need lightscribe? is it that important to you? can you live with a possibly dead drive with no recovery? I think these are the important salient points to think about before proceeding. As for whether they are the same - i have no clue - but the model numbers look radically different and that usually is the first thing i’d look for before trying.

Chef also brings up a valid point [you beat me to this] that drives to do LS have some additional hardware - and while the drives are “nearly” the same - say BenQ 1650 vs 1655 and LS firmware will run on a 1650 - the 1650 is unable to burn LS discs because it is missing the LS electronics.


#4

Hi both :slight_smile:
Chef, someone on this forum told they are the same, but I cannot manage to find again this thread :frowning: Or was it a link from this forum to another one? I’m sure only that I was browsing CDFreaks’.
It could mean Asus deactivated the LS feature on a LS enable drive. Who said I’m I’m stupid? :slight_smile:

lui_gough, thank you for such a complete explanation, and to answer, I would say that “no” of course I do not need LS overall, but I’m a very curious guy who liked to trick hardware for about 10 years, it’s too late to change :wink:
About warranty, I do not really care as I am covered by a all-crashes insurance, I just have to destroy the drive if it gets dead and I’ll get a new one (it is in a laptop). But to tell you the truth, I’m very used to printing (Canon Pixma) my CD-R and I would enjoy having a way to hard write clean labels on a CD through laptop drive as I am often burning far from home.

Anyway, I’ll try all that and give you here my feedback :wink:

Thanks again!


#5

Yes, it can be posible.
Have seen that with some LG drives, the OEM versions had DVD-RAM and DL disabled. :frowning:


#6

[OT] In my experience, my OEM 1640’s are worse than my retail, my OEM laptop drives die more than any retail one … maybe I think the disabling is in an effort to “hide” the fact that the laser might be weaker/poorer quality - and I think the DVD-RAM and DL needs more laser power / more accuracy maybe. [/OT]

Ninj - as usual - I can’t condone the maltreatment of computer hardware pretends to not-see-sledgehammer. :smiley: