I recently purchased myself a Lite-On iHES208. It came with an old firmware so I upgraded to latest 8L09 from codeguys page (I also made a EEPROM and Firmware backup just in case with Lite-On EEPROM utility). Everything went fine and drive upgraded to 8L09. Now I tried making it RPC-1 with a buch of utilities (LtnRPC, LtnFlash, Settings_utility) and none of them could make it region free
The good news is that I can reset user counter so I can switch manually, BUT one of these programs managed to decrease my vendor counter to 4 which I'm not able to reset back to 5! I tried re-flashing the firmware but that didn't help (it's still at 4), any suggestions?
On a sidenote, none of the Lite-On sites has actual firmware on their firmware download pages - neither for my iHES208 nor iHOS104, why is that and where can I (officially) find firmwares for these drives? Is this what SmartPack is for?