the first thing i did as a newbie was to READ READ READ and SEARCH SEARCH SEARCH with the search button. but, try as i must, i just can’t pinpoint the answers to some of my basic questions. most things i read either refer strictly to Lite-On CD burners and/or don’t discuss anything about ltnflash.
i have a Lite-On LDW-401S, windowsXP, and it came flashed with firmware ES0E. i have memorex 4x DVD+R.
if i were to flash it to ES0J from liteon’s webpage, would i be able to use 401@411 later down the line if i wanted to? i ask, because liteon’s webpage says it can’t be flashed down and i don’t know how upgrading the flash would affect doing a 401@411
to “flash down” (supposing i’m dissatisfied with ES0J), do i use mtkflash with the binaries from liteon’s website, or must i use a hacked firmware to be able to flash up and flash down? or do i use ltnflash (there’s that bad word) to do this?
if i were to successfully perform a 401@411, then wanted to upgrade the firmware later on, how would i do this? on lite-on’s website, it says that they “will no longer support illegal firmwares”. i’m assuming they are talking about 401@411. would i have to use a hacked firmware binary? what if i didn’t use mtkflash?
i see people posting graphs of their DVD burns. i have tried looking for a guide here on how to read and interpret those graphs, but without luck.
the firmwares on other sites, are they hacked firmwares? i suppose something was done, because the firmwares from Lite-On just say to “click on the exe file and let it take care of it”, whereas people here like using bin(ary) files for mtkflash in DOS mode.
if i were to upgrade my firmware from lite-on’s website, could i flash down later with mtkflash (even though the website says that i can’t flash down).
because of all the problems people are encountering with their media and with high blank DVD costs, i have yet to flash my drive or even burn with my LDW-401S. call me scared. i just want to be sure i have everything in place before producing expensive coasters.
i’ve flashed firmware before, so i’m not a complete noob, but i am still a noob nonetheless.