Sorry about not posting the URL as I was in a hurry last night and I forgot to add it silly me
.. Anyway here is the URL to my page for the firmware. You can also download MTKFLASH v1.55 from there as well.
I know this fellow that used this version of MTKFLASH v1.55 and has an LG 8480B Burner. But before he flashed his drive he had V1.02 firmware and then then he used my V1.03 and it worked and he is very happy with it. This is what he had to say.
Well, I succeeded flashing my GCE-8480B to firmware 1.03... and did some tests. Basically it behaves *exactly the same* as 1.02 with my collection of 20 different blank CDR brands, except for one : The samsung digitall 32x CDRs, which were written at CAV 48x with firmware 1.02 and now are written at PCAV 40x (fw 1.03). I suppose it's because this brand/make has been added to the 'database' of CDRs the firmware knows. Since this firmware *probably* could have also other fixes, I'll live with it (i.e not going back to 1.02).
I flashed the drive with MKTFLASH 1.55, command line :
mktflash 3 W /B /M 8480B103.BIN (3 because my cdrw is secondary master)
Note that having succeeded in this test (contrary to reports of mktflash not being able to flash this drives) opens two doors :
1) It is mostly important for USA people, because their 8480Bs are flashed with 1.10 fw, a special version *without* mount Rainier support.
2) Whenever we locate a GCE-8481B firmware, we now know how to try to flash ours and make this 48-16-48 become a 48-24-48 writer!!
... Anyone has a GCE-8481B and volunteers to get the firmware for us ? ........................
Thanks again for all CybaGirl.
Anyway hope this helps some people out!