Upgrading UHD drive to LibreDrive

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ghostrider
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Upgrading UHD drive to LibreDrive

Post by ghostrider » Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:24 am

I have a stock LG UH12NS40 drive running f/w 1.00. It works fine in MakeMkv, but I think upgrading it with LibreDrive support would breath new life into it. This is the drive info;

OS device name: \Device\CdRom0
Current profile: BD-ROM
Manufacturer: HL-DT-ST
Product: BDDVDRW UH12NS40
Revision: 1.00
Serial number: SIK93G41F014
Firmware date: 2116-02-23 10:42

I need to know what's the best/safest way of upgrading the firmware. I downloaded the link in this thread https://www.makemkv.com/forum/viewtopic ... s40#p76524, but when I try to flash the drive to 1.00-A4, I get this message;

Checksum is mismatched. Drive will go to BOOT mode. Please try again.

The drive still works, so nothing has changed. I don't mind cross-flashing, but advice on the best firmware and/or way to achieve this would be great.

Thanks

Coopervid
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Re: Upgrading UHD drive to LibreDrive

Post by Coopervid » Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:18 pm


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Re: Upgrading UHD drive to LibreDrive

Post by BlueMac77 » Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:21 pm

ghostrider wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:24 am
I have a stock LG UH12NS40 drive running f/w 1.00. It works fine in MakeMkv, but I think upgrading it with LibreDrive support would breath new life into it. This is the drive info;

OS device name: \Device\CdRom0
Current profile: BD-ROM
Manufacturer: HL-DT-ST
Product: BDDVDRW UH12NS40
Revision: 1.00
Serial number: SIK93G41F014
Firmware date: 2116-02-23 10:42

I need to know what's the best/safest way of upgrading the firmware. I downloaded the link in this thread https://www.makemkv.com/forum/viewtopic ... s40#p76524, but when I try to flash the drive to 1.00-A4, I get this message;

Checksum is mismatched. Drive will go to BOOT mode. Please try again.

The drive still works, so nothing has changed. I don't mind cross-flashing, but advice on the best firmware and/or way to achieve this would be great.

Thanks
Hi You may need to check first if your LG UH12NS40 BD Drive is "UHD Friendly" from this Ultimate Guide authored by BillyCar11 https://www.makemkv.com/forum/viewtopic ... 16&t=19634

So far, the UHD Friendly Drives are listed below from the Guide. Also check if your LG Blu-Ray drive is manufactured after 2015

LG WH16NS60, UHD Official Internal 5.25
LG BU40N, UHD Official Internal Slim Sata 9.5mm
LG WH14NS40, UHD Friendly Internal 5.25
LG WH16NS40, UHD Friendly Internal 5.25
ASUS BW-16D1HT, UHD Friendly Internal 5.25
ASUS BW-16D1HT Pro, UHD Friendly Internal 5.25
LG BH16NS55, UHD Friendly Internal 5.25
Buffalo BRUHD-PU3-BK, UHD Official, External Slim 9.5mm USB 3.0-Must use Marty's asus tool to flash
Archgon MD-8107S-U3-UHD, UHD Official, External Slim 9.5mm USB 3.0-Marty
BP60NB10, UHD Official External Slim 9.5mm USB 2.0-Must use Marty's asus tool to flash 8/24/19 or later only

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Re: Upgrading UHD drive to LibreDrive

Post by MartyMcNuts » Sun Sep 15, 2019 3:21 am

BlueMac77 wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:21 pm
ghostrider wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:24 am
I have a stock LG UH12NS40 drive running f/w 1.00. It works fine in MakeMkv, but I think upgrading it with LibreDrive support would breath new life into it. This is the drive info;

OS device name: \Device\CdRom0
Current profile: BD-ROM
Manufacturer: HL-DT-ST
Product: BDDVDRW UH12NS40
Revision: 1.00
Serial number: SIK93G41F014
Firmware date: 2116-02-23 10:42

I need to know what's the best/safest way of upgrading the firmware. I downloaded the link in this thread https://www.makemkv.com/forum/viewtopic ... s40#p76524, but when I try to flash the drive to 1.00-A4, I get this message;

Checksum is mismatched. Drive will go to BOOT mode. Please try again.

The drive still works, so nothing has changed. I don't mind cross-flashing, but advice on the best firmware and/or way to achieve this would be great.

Thanks
Hi You may need to check first if your LG UH12NS40 BD Drive is "UHD Friendly" from this Ultimate Guide authored by BillyCar11 https://www.makemkv.com/forum/viewtopic ... 16&t=19634

So far, the UHD Friendly Drives are listed below from the Guide. Also check if your LG Blu-Ray drive is manufactured after 2015

LG WH16NS60, UHD Official Internal 5.25
LG BU40N, UHD Official Internal Slim Sata 9.5mm
LG WH14NS40, UHD Friendly Internal 5.25
LG WH16NS40, UHD Friendly Internal 5.25
ASUS BW-16D1HT, UHD Friendly Internal 5.25
ASUS BW-16D1HT Pro, UHD Friendly Internal 5.25
LG BH16NS55, UHD Friendly Internal 5.25
Buffalo BRUHD-PU3-BK, UHD Official, External Slim 9.5mm USB 3.0-Must use Marty's asus tool to flash
Archgon MD-8107S-U3-UHD, UHD Official, External Slim 9.5mm USB 3.0-Marty
BP60NB10, UHD Official External Slim 9.5mm USB 2.0-Must use Marty's asus tool to flash 8/24/19 or later only
The OP just wants to add LibreDrive if possible. As @Coopervid mentioned, there is a UH12NS40_1.01_MK firmware available in the MK firmware pack. You could try this firmware with either of the windows flashers.

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Re: Upgrading UHD drive to LibreDrive

Post by BlueMac77 » Sun Sep 15, 2019 8:22 am

MartyMcNuts wrote:
Sun Sep 15, 2019 3:21 am

The OP just wants to add LibreDrive if possible. As @Coopervid mentioned, there is a UH12NS40_1.01_MK firmware available in the MK firmware pack. You could try this firmware with either of the windows flashers.
Thanks MartyMcNuts for the clarification and heads up. Sorry for the confusion. Good to know the possibility that LibreDrive can be enabled on certain models.
Last edited by BlueMac77 on Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:18 pm, edited 1 time in total.

ghostrider
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Re: Upgrading UHD drive to LibreDrive

Post by ghostrider » Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:38 pm

BlueMac77 wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:21 pm
ghostrider wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:24 am
I have a stock LG UH12NS40 drive running f/w 1.00. It works fine in MakeMkv, but I think upgrading it with LibreDrive support would breath new life into it. This is the drive info;

OS device name: \Device\CdRom0
Current profile: BD-ROM
Manufacturer: HL-DT-ST
Product: BDDVDRW UH12NS40
Revision: 1.00
Serial number: SIK93G41F014
Firmware date: 2116-02-23 10:42

I need to know what's the best/safest way of upgrading the firmware. I downloaded the link in this thread https://www.makemkv.com/forum/viewtopic ... s40#p76524, but when I try to flash the drive to 1.00-A4, I get this message;

Checksum is mismatched. Drive will go to BOOT mode. Please try again.

The drive still works, so nothing has changed. I don't mind cross-flashing, but advice on the best firmware and/or way to achieve this would be great.

Thanks
Hi You may need to check first if your LG UH12NS40 BD Drive is "UHD Friendly" from this Ultimate Guide authored by BillyCar11 https://www.makemkv.com/forum/viewtopic ... 16&t=19634

So far, the UHD Friendly Drives are listed below from the Guide. Also check if your LG Blu-Ray drive is manufactured after 2015

LG WH16NS60, UHD Official Internal 5.25
LG BU40N, UHD Official Internal Slim Sata 9.5mm
LG WH14NS40, UHD Friendly Internal 5.25
LG WH16NS40, UHD Friendly Internal 5.25
ASUS BW-16D1HT, UHD Friendly Internal 5.25
ASUS BW-16D1HT Pro, UHD Friendly Internal 5.25
LG BH16NS55, UHD Friendly Internal 5.25
Buffalo BRUHD-PU3-BK, UHD Official, External Slim 9.5mm USB 3.0-Must use Marty's asus tool to flash
Archgon MD-8107S-U3-UHD, UHD Official, External Slim 9.5mm USB 3.0-Marty
BP60NB10, UHD Official External Slim 9.5mm USB 2.0-Must use Marty's asus tool to flash 8/24/19 or later only
Thanks. So, whilst mine doesn't appear on that list, I believe others have used this drive successfully. MakeMkv reports the drive as LibreDrive capable, but not enabled. By 'UHD friendly' do you mean can it read UHD discs? Yes it can, I've backed up a couple of UHD discs using it.

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Re: Upgrading UHD drive to LibreDrive

Post by Coopervid » Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:04 pm

@ghostrider,

If you download the MK firmware zip-file in my post you will find the 1.01 firmware for your drive.

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Re: Upgrading UHD drive to LibreDrive

Post by ghostrider » Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:32 pm

MartyMcNuts wrote:
Sun Sep 15, 2019 3:21 am
BlueMac77 wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:21 pm
ghostrider wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:24 am
I have a stock LG UH12NS40 drive running f/w 1.00. It works fine in MakeMkv, but I think upgrading it with LibreDrive support would breath new life into it. This is the drive info;

OS device name: \Device\CdRom0
Current profile: BD-ROM
Manufacturer: HL-DT-ST
Product: BDDVDRW UH12NS40
Revision: 1.00
Serial number: SIK93G41F014
Firmware date: 2116-02-23 10:42

I need to know what's the best/safest way of upgrading the firmware. I downloaded the link in this thread https://www.makemkv.com/forum/viewtopic ... s40#p76524, but when I try to flash the drive to 1.00-A4, I get this message;

Checksum is mismatched. Drive will go to BOOT mode. Please try again.

The drive still works, so nothing has changed. I don't mind cross-flashing, but advice on the best firmware and/or way to achieve this would be great.

Thanks
Hi You may need to check first if your LG UH12NS40 BD Drive is "UHD Friendly" from this Ultimate Guide authored by BillyCar11 https://www.makemkv.com/forum/viewtopic ... 16&t=19634

So far, the UHD Friendly Drives are listed below from the Guide. Also check if your LG Blu-Ray drive is manufactured after 2015

LG WH16NS60, UHD Official Internal 5.25
LG BU40N, UHD Official Internal Slim Sata 9.5mm
LG WH14NS40, UHD Friendly Internal 5.25
LG WH16NS40, UHD Friendly Internal 5.25
ASUS BW-16D1HT, UHD Friendly Internal 5.25
ASUS BW-16D1HT Pro, UHD Friendly Internal 5.25
LG BH16NS55, UHD Friendly Internal 5.25
Buffalo BRUHD-PU3-BK, UHD Official, External Slim 9.5mm USB 3.0-Must use Marty's asus tool to flash
Archgon MD-8107S-U3-UHD, UHD Official, External Slim 9.5mm USB 3.0-Marty
BP60NB10, UHD Official External Slim 9.5mm USB 2.0-Must use Marty's asus tool to flash 8/24/19 or later only
The OP just wants to add LibreDrive if possible. As @Coopervid mentioned, there is a UH12NS40_1.01_MK firmware available in the MK firmware pack. You could try this firmware with either of the windows flashers.
Thanks for the feedback. I've downloaded the MK pack, and this did have 1.01 of the firmware for my UH12NS40. I've used the standard flash tool, and this time it worked and flashed without an error. After a reboot MakeMkv is now reporting the new firmware and that the drive is Libredrive ready. Just doing a test backup now, but all looking good. Blu-Ray and UHD's read ok using LibreDrive fw. Happy days!

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Re: Upgrading UHD drive to LibreDrive

Post by Coopervid » Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:05 pm

Good to hear that you are in business now! :D

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Re: Upgrading UHD drive to LibreDrive

Post by MartyMcNuts » Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:28 pm

Good stuff ghostrider. Glad it worked out 👍😁

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Re: Upgrading UHD drive to LibreDrive

Post by BlueMac77 » Tue Sep 17, 2019 7:08 pm

ghostrider wrote:
Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:38 pm

Thanks. So, whilst mine doesn't appear on that list, I believe others have used this drive successfully. MakeMkv reports the drive as LibreDrive capable, but not enabled. By 'UHD friendly' do you mean can it read UHD discs? Yes it can, I've backed up a couple of UHD discs using it.
Great to know that your optical drive worked out perfectly. Sorry for the previous post on the guide that may be confusing. Enjoy and have Fun ripping those 4K UHDs. :)

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