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Problems upgrading Firmware 1.04 LG 52x 24x52x cd writ dead.

Postby JENI on Mon Apr 28, 2003 11:37 pm

I had problemes upgrading, the lights went out just as I was upgrading, know the cd writer does not work. Win XP won`t recognize the cd writer, doesn`t come on, it is dead.

What can I do to fix the cd writer (LG 52x 24x52x)

Need help!!!
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Postby Inertia on Mon Apr 28, 2003 11:43 pm

If your drive was a LiteOn it would be fixable by reflashing or replaceable under warranty.

Unfortunately, LG specifically states that a failed firmware flash voids the warranty and they will not replace the drive. To the best of my knowledge, your drive is not reflashable or fixable.

Sorry. :cry:
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Postby CDRecorder on Tue Apr 29, 2003 12:51 am

Ian wrote in the review of this drive:
Thanks to its MediaTek chipset, the GCE-8520B can do EFM encoding correctly.


Doesn't this mean that if JENI could get a BIN of his firmware, he could use MTKFlash to fix it?
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Postby Inertia on Tue Apr 29, 2003 1:31 am

Anything is possible, but the only firmware update that I know of is a Windows version. I know of no tools to extract the BIN file from the Windows executable, as the litefirm utility does for LiteOn Windows firmware executables.

If someone knows how or has extracted a BIN file and MTKFlash can be used to flash the drive in DOS, then it may be possible to recover the drive. Unfortunately I don't know if this has been done, and it will take some technical expertise for someone to extract the BIN file. It might be possible to do it with a hex editor if a person knew what he was doing. Unfortunately, without a copy of a BIN file to compare to the Windows executable, it would probably be a shot in the dark trying to identify where the firmware BIN begins and ends.
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Postby CDRecorder on Tue Apr 29, 2003 2:00 am

Does anyone else have this drive? If so, could you please try to extract the firmware with MTKFlash? Thanks!
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Postby Burn2death on Tue Apr 29, 2003 6:55 am

Mess with me, I will BurnU2death!
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Postby CDRecorder on Tue Apr 29, 2003 10:59 am

OK, here's what you can try, JENI. Download the zip file which Burn2Death linked to, unzip it, and put its contents on a blank bootable floppy. Make sure that there are no autoexec.bat or config.sys files on the floppy. Then, boot off of the floppy and type, "MTKFLASH "x" W /B 8520b.bin". Replace X with 1 if the drive is primary master, 2 if the drive is primary slave, 3 if the drive is secondary master, and 4 if drive is secondary slave. BTW, I got the info on using MTKFlash from OC-Freak's Firmware collection and MTKFlash guide at CDFreaks.

Hopefully, this should get the drive working again.
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Postby JENI on Tue Apr 29, 2003 8:09 pm

Thank you for your help.
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Postby CDRecorder on Tue Apr 29, 2003 8:20 pm

You're welcome. :D

Is the drive working now?

Edit: If the drive's working now, you can try your update to the latest FW again. Hopefully, there won't be a power outage this time!
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Postby JENI on Thu May 01, 2003 10:11 pm

The dirve had warrenty, so I just change for a new one. I don`t know if I am going to try again. I do not want any thing to damage the drive and I am not sure how proceed with the upgrade.

Thank you.
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