LG 8320B CDRW Firmware Prob

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by RobbieSan, Dec 25, 2002.

  1. RobbieSan

    RobbieSan Guest

    hi everyone. Merry xmas to all!!

    Okay, I am trying to update the firmware on my LG8320B CDRW (32/10/40) from the original version (1.01) to (1.04). I have followed the instructions to install LG firmware to the letter but it will not update for some reason.

    I have made sure I have the cdrw as master on the secondary channel with no other devices on the chain. I have tried booting up with a minimal boot (WinMe boot disk) and also with cdrom support but the program will not update the firmware.

    Has anyone else experienced problems with this drive and or firmware? Is there something I am doing wrong?

    Also, is there a way to check the firmware version in windows (XP Pro) or BIOS or something?
     
  2. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    1) try a 98 boot disk
    2) any cd burning software should show you the firmware rev #
     
  3. RobbieSan

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    thanks for tips dreamliner.. I tried a 98SE bootdisk but the same thing happens.. I get the feeling the drive is hooped.. I can't get through a recording session without rebooting.. sometimes it's 3/4 through, sometimes only 1/4 but reboots..

    I can see in Nero it is still at 1.01 so the update didn't happen for sure..
     
  4. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    Just a stupid thought...


    You sure your floppy drive is good? I've had one go once and was cursing everyother piece of equipment in my machine.


    Also, maybe try downloading the firmware again.


    and, Is your drive a "purebred" or something rebadged?
     
  5. RobbieSan

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    the floppy drive is working okay so that's not it.. I did d/l the firmware again but no go.. not sure what to do.. I sent a message to LG tech support but it will be a few more days before they get back to me.. worse comes to worse I'll just spend $100 on a new one..

    thanks for the help dreamliner77
     
  6. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

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    just out of curiosity, why are you trying to update the firmware? Is there a problem?

    I'd suggest to try to get this drive to work.

    I have a LG 8120B and I think it is one of the best burners ever made. I have never burned a coaster that wasn't because of user error. 3500 burns and still going strong...
     
  7. RobbieSan

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    I'm trying to update the BIOS since I think it may have gotten messed up a little while ago.. it won't get through a complete burn at all.. my system reboots x amount of time into a burn.. I have tried a fresh XP install with and without SP1 to be sure and it's the same thing.. I was hoping I could flash the firware to the latest version in hopes of solving this problem..
     
  8. RobbieSan

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    here's an update for anyone else with a similar problem.. I haven't managed to update the firmware yet and have received no response from LG support yet.. hopefully soon...

    I was having problems with my cdrom as well.. couldn't install UT2003.. it would have a critical error on a certain file.. I figured the cd was bad.. tried it in my friend's PC and it installed fine.. further reading in the Infrogrames forum found a solution..

    I opened up device manager > IDE controllers > secondary (for cd and rw) > changed mode to PIO from DMA.. now both cd and rw are working great.. hopefully this info will help others...