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Lite-On in a Gateway w/different firmware

Postby zcz on Mon Jul 18, 2005 10:26 pm

Anyone have any experience with upgrading firmware on a Lite-On that came with a Gateway? The firmware on this drive does not match any of the firmware versions on Lite-On's site for the same model drive.

Model: LTR-48246S
Firmware: SGS3

Lite-On's latest firmware for this drive is SS0E and all previous revisions are in the format SS0x. I have no idea if the firmware on this drive is equivalent to the latest version. I also don't want to flash it to SS0E if it will create a problem. FYI, I checked Gateway's site and there are no firmware updates for this drive under my computer's serial number.

Any help appreciated.
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Postby code65536 on Mon Jul 18, 2005 11:11 pm

This is normal. All LiteOn drives shipped through computer manufacturers have different firmware names...

xGxx == Gateway
xFxx == Sony Vaio
xPxx == HP
xDxx == Dell
xAxx == Apple

First, make a backup copy of your current firmware, in case you ever find that you want to flash back to it for any reason. You can make a backup using LtnFW: http://dhc014.rpc1.org/howto.htm#LtnFW

Second, the LiteOn firmware flashers will not let people with these OEM drives to flash using retail LiteOn firmware, even though the firmwares are perfectly compatible (this is a common practice with many drive manufacturers and how they treat their OEM drives vs. retail drives). To get around this, you have two options...
* Flash to a retail LTR-48246S, SS0E
* Flash to a retail LTR-52246S, 6S0F (yes, you can do this)
In either case, download the latest SS0E or 6S0F flasher from LiteOn, and download a tool called FlashFix. FlashFix the firmware flasher, and it'll let you update.
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Postby zcz on Tue Jul 19, 2005 10:08 am

Wonderful, thanks for the informative reply! I'll give it a try as soon as I can.
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