Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware
User Name
Linux - Hardware This forum is for Hardware issues.
Having trouble installing a piece of hardware? Want to know if that peripheral is compatible with Linux?


  Search this Thread
Old 08-02-2014, 02:10 PM   #1
Registered: Feb 2006
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 437

Rep: Reputation: 20
Linux Flasher for LITE-ON DVD burner?

I have a LITE-ON SOHW-1693S burner running update KS09, with KS0B being the current firmware. Searching, I cannot find a Linux flasher for LITE-ON, and I find that wine does not work with LITE-ON flasher.

Of course, everything I found was quite old.

Does anyone have some newer knowledge or experience updating firmware on LITE-ON drives?

(The world needs a USB based flasher, which can be booted up, perform the back, flash, and then one boots up with OS.)

Last edited by linuxbird; 08-02-2014 at 02:12 PM. Reason: typo
Old 08-06-2014, 08:29 AM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Oct 2009
Location: Wroclaw, Poland
Distribution: Arch, Kubuntu
Posts: 1,261

Rep: Reputation: 315Reputation: 315Reputation: 315Reputation: 315
You can try MtkFlash with .bin file (if you have that as firmware) which should work with bootable FreeDOS.
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 08-06-2014, 12:13 PM   #3
Registered: Feb 2006
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 437

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 20
Thanks, but Lite-On does not distribute a .bin file.
Old 08-07-2014, 05:50 AM   #4
Senior Member
Registered: Jun 2008
Posts: 1,797

Rep: Reputation: 214Reputation: 214Reputation: 214
As eSelix suggests, or could this work...

There are boot-CDs that can be used to flash a PC BIOS(DOS and .exe) and instructions on how to add a BIOS to the CD, both available on the Internet. You may not be able to use a boot-CD directly, but if you could put the firmware on a boot-CD, you could try to put the CD on a USB flash drive.

This may be too much work with doubtful gain, but if you can get a USB to boot the firmware program, you can decide if you'll take the risk and try the update. There are usually warnings before flashing and you should be able to kill the process before the program takes any critical step.

All this assumes that you control the flash process, not that the Lite-On drive follows its own built-in path links.

Can you open and extract the contents of the firmware package? There's where you get to the .bin files; the Internet tells you how.

CD/DVD drive firmware is often hacked to change the region code. As you can imagine, there’s been lots of work done on extracting and modifying firmware.

Last edited by thorkelljarl; 08-15-2014 at 08:20 AM.
Old 08-10-2014, 12:34 PM   #5
Registered: Feb 2006
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 437

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 20
After more review and study of eSelix's comment, I think what he suggests is right on the money. I will continue study of that approach and have found .bin files for LiteOn, even though they did not appear to support them

Thank you both for your comments. I'll leave this thread open, in case someone else has something to add. And if I end up doing the flash, as suggested, I will post.

This is a lot of work for a 10 year old drive, when new ones are $14 on sale. I may solve it and have this burner go toes up the next week. Nevertheless, it is interesting just how much technology there is in a $14 item!


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
[SOLVED] my TS-H553L dvd burner died. Don't know if external {usb}burner will work for me jtwdyp Linux - Hardware 5 06-21-2013 06:24 PM
is there any linux suport with box flasher mobile phone? ndu ndu Linux - Newbie 4 04-18-2011 12:29 PM
suggesstions for lite weight cd/dvd burner app? linus72 Linux - Software 5 12-23-2009 07:12 AM
Linux and DVD Burner? New 2 The Game Linux - Hardware 1 09-03-2003 07:41 AM
k3b problem with lite-on cd burner bass Linux - Software 0 08-30-2003 11:43 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:57 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration