Backup firmware HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T40N JP01

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Re: Backup firmware HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T40N JP01

Postby macuserfr on Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:14 pm

Well, you see what you want to do. I only will say two things:
1) It worked for me on OS X in opposite as your experience on Windows...
2) I already did all the mistakes that could be made with this flasher, and resumed what you should/should not do exactly for people don't fall in the same tricks. It should be safe now. And if with all I did, my drive is still working, it should be hard to brick it.

Maybe devilsclaw could use this feedback I gave to make the flasher more "noob-proof" in next versions. Anyway, I would never thank him enough for the flasher and for the quick/efficient help on the forum. Thank you!
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Re: Backup firmware HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T40N JP01

Postby ala42 on Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:19 pm

miroesq wrote:
devilsclaw wrote:flashes a firmware onto the drive
./flasher -d [drive number] -f official.bin

The command I used is as follows:
flasher.exe -d d -f SA18_Main_speedpatched.bin
(I also shortened the name of the bin file and retried it, but it did not work)

All I get in response is the following:
Devilsclaw's Reneses Utility
cmd_drive: Opening Drive: d.

Then it returns to the Dos Prompt.
Try
flasher.exe -d 1 -f SA18_Main_speedpatched.bin
as the drive parameter is a number, not a drive letter
LiteOn/Benq/LG/NEC/Pioneer/Samsung/Toshiba stuff: MediaCodeSpeedEdit V 1.2.0.10, released October 3rd 2011
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Re: Backup firmware HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T40N JP01

Postby devilsclaw on Wed Jan 06, 2010 9:24 pm

go back to here:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/flasher/

download the new version.

the old windows version used drive letters but the flashing aspect was not working since the -f parameter was messed up.
the new version works like described below.

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returns the drives name and id
flasher -D

dumps drives firmwares
flasher -d [Drive ID] -m main_firmware.bin
flasher -d [Drive ID] -c core_firmware.bin

flashes drive with new firmware
flasher -d [Drive ID] -f firmware.bin

flasher -D
AVAILABLE DRIVES AND IDs:
Drive ID: 1 Name: DVDRAM GMA-4020B
Drive ID: 2 Name: DVD-ROM GDR8164B

if I want to dump the DVDRAM GMA-4020B drives firmware it would look like this
flasher -d 1 -m main_firmware.bin
flasher -d 1 -c core_firmware.bin

if i want to flash the DVDRAM GMA-4020B drive with the main_firmware.bin
flasher -d 1 -f main_firmware.bin
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Re: Backup firmware HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T40N JP01

Postby macuserfr on Wed Jan 06, 2010 9:50 pm

Will you add the OS X binaries to sourceforge?
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Re: Backup firmware HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T40N JP01

Postby devilsclaw on Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:08 pm

yeah now that i have the mac source up there i will.. i just have to get on my laptop to do it.
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Re: Backup firmware HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T40N JP01

Postby macuserfr on Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:16 pm

cool! Thanks again! :D
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Re: Backup firmware HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T40N JP01

Postby johnsmythe on Sun Jan 10, 2010 9:08 pm

hi,

Thanks to all for all the work and the discussions/clarifications. Extremely useful! I have a MacBook Pro with an LG drive,

HL-DT-ST DVDRW GS23N:

Firmware Revision: SB03
Interconnect: ATAPI
Burn Support: Yes (Apple Shipping Drive)

trying to flash to multiregion with RPC2, however when I dump the main_firmware using flasher I get

Firmware Rev. DVDRAM GS20N SB03-00 022409
Bootcode Rev. GS20N CORE

Not worried about the core, but shouldn't the firmware Rev. read GS23N? Your advice would be appreciate before I flash my drive to a "wrong" firmware version. Thanks in advance
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Re: Backup firmware HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T40N JP01

Postby devilsclaw on Sun Jan 10, 2010 9:14 pm

its common. its nothing to worry about.
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Re: Backup firmware HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T40N JP01

Postby johnsmythe on Sun Jan 10, 2010 10:16 pm

Thanks, I'll give it a go! If this fails, would I be able to flash with SN23 -SB00 from the firmware database?
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Re: Backup firmware HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T40N JP01

Postby geejii on Sat Jan 23, 2010 1:30 pm

Thanks devilsclaw for your great utility.
I downloaded your latest flasher_macosx_01212010_0114AM from http://sourceforge.net/projects/flasher/files/ and used it on my MacBook Pro, running Snow Leopard 10.6.2.
I used MCSE to get RPC-2 Auto Reset on my LG GS23N SB03 firmware, and then flashed it with your flasher utility.

Problem is, when flashing I got the following messages on the Terminal :
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MacBook-de-JJ:desktop JJ$ ./flasher -D

AVAILABLE DRIVES AND IDs:
Drive ID: 1 Name: DVDRW  GS23N   
MacBook-de-JJ:desktop JJ$ ./flasher -d 1 -f speedpatched.bin
cmd_drive: Opening Drive: 1.
cmd_flashfirm: Flashing process started

firm_flasher: Drive should be flashing its light.
firm_flasher: This indicates its flashing its self.
firm_flasher: This can take a while, Please be patiant.

and then, Terminal never returned a prompt, the system refused to shut down and I had to force a power off 45mn after.
After restart, the drive was apparently working perfectly, as before flashing.

The problem is that when I ask for the Drive Information, what I get through Disk Utility or Drive Info X is exactly the same as before flashing...
Since I did not get any kind of acknowledgment from the flasher that the flash completed properly, how can I check that I DO have the MCSE-patched firmware installed, instead of the original one ?
I would prefer to get some positive proof before I burn all my remaining 4 Region Changes...

BTW, I ended using the Mac version instead of the original Windows/DOS version because that one was crashing on BootCamp / Windows XP SP3, just after the "cmd_flashfirm: Flashing process started" stage.
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Re: Backup firmware HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T40N JP01

Postby chef on Sat Jan 23, 2010 1:57 pm

geejii wrote:I used MCSE to get RPC-2 Auto Reset on my LG GS23N SB03 firmware, and then flashed it with your flasher utility.


Explained many times how Autoreset works.
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Re: Backup firmware HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T40N JP01

Postby geejii on Sat Jan 23, 2010 2:50 pm

I understand perfectly well how RPC2 Autoreset works.
That is not my problem.
My problem is that I have no way to check the Autoreset firmware was actually written to the drive, since the flasher utility hanged up at the end, with no success/failure message.
And I do not want to risk burning my Region Code changes just to check it.
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Re: Backup firmware HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T40N JP01

Postby chef on Sat Jan 23, 2010 4:28 pm

Then try flashing again.
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Re: Backup firmware HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T40N JP01

Postby devilsclaw on Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:20 pm

There is to a way to check.. dump the firmware from the drive and compare it with the one flashed with a hex editor.

EDIT: did the drives light start flashing ?. if so then the drive was programmed if the light was never flashing then it was never written to.
I will remove the code that might be causing the stall. It seems newer and older drives don't support it anyway. I'm sure my code calls a drive reset and it seems that there are different reset commands to different drives.
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Re: Backup firmware HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T40N JP01

Postby geejii on Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:33 pm

[_chef_] wrote:Then try flashing again.
That would not help if the flashing ended the same, would it ?

devilsclaw wrote:There is a way to check.. dump the firmware from the drive and compare it with the one flashed with a hex editor.
Thanks, I was afraid it would amount to that.

devilsclaw wrote:EDIT: did the drives light start flashing ?. if so then the drive was programmed if the light was never flashing then it was never written to.
Except that there does not seem to be on the MacBook Pro any light associated to the DVD drive, or I was too blind to find it :wink:
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Re: Backup firmware HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T40N JP01

Postby chef on Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:22 am

geejii wrote:
[_chef_] wrote:Then try flashing again.
That would not help if the flashing ended the same, would it ?


If...then...when...what...you'll never know the answer when you not try it.
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Re: Backup firmware HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-T40N JP01

Postby mduggan on Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:19 pm

Hi everyone,

Just registered to say massive thanks to devilsclaw and ala for their work on their respective utils.

I was able to successfully dump and reflash my GSA-S10N BP10 to an autoreset BP10 firmware. There was previously an autoreset for the AP12 revision of this drive, but it refused to flash for me (maybe I [*Profanity*] up, who knows..)

The flasher said it had failed, but a power cycle and dumping the firmware again confirmed it was correct. I also made sure with DVD Info X that it's actually auto-resetting, and it all works great.

That all took too long, so bed time for me. I'll post the firmware files somewhere if someone's interested.
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