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Old 08-02-2014, 02:10 PM   #1
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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.)

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Old 08-06-2014, 08:29 AM   #2
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You can try MtkFlash with .bin file (if you have that as firmware) which should work with bootable FreeDOS.
 
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:13 PM   #3
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Thanks, but Lite-On does not distribute a .bin file.
 
Old 08-07-2014, 05:50 AM   #4
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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.

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Old 08-10-2014, 12:34 PM   #5
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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!
 
  


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