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Old 02-20-2004, 12:04 AM   #76
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Originally posted by jkibbe
Oh yeah..., Master C, please keep this posted "stickied," since I'm sure there are others like me who are just now jumping on the 9.2 bandwagon. I bought 9.2 PowerPack from a reputable online source and ended up with a headache and broken CD-ROM drive...
huh... well, there I go thinking that people are paying attention again. I assumed that all of the distro dealers would have gottne the version that didn't do that shortly after it was released. I mean it was pretty big news and all. Wow, I guess the only way to make sure is to download the freaking things yourself.

And yes, if you can't tell, news of this does piss me off. I hate it when I hear about problems with distros because someone decided to be incompetant. The end user? fine, it's his/her machine, and if their a newbie, they have an excuse. A distributer? No, not ok. It makes the entire comunity look bad. grr...
Old 02-20-2004, 12:58 PM   #77
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You have a very good point. Making it get better? Well...
Old 02-25-2004, 04:31 AM   #78
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Could someone please just confirm this recovery proceedure to me before I go and blow up a perfectly good pc. I know I should have known better

1) Boot computer into DOS.

2) Reset jumpers as instructed.

3) Push eject button.

4) Plug in the power to drive. Keeping eject button pressed.

5) Check LED on.

6) Release eject button.

7) Flash the drive.

8) Change jumpers back to default.

9) Reboot.

Now I assume rightly or wrongly that when I boot the comp to DOS I have the IDE cable connected to the CD_ROM but with no power?

Old 02-25-2004, 09:42 PM   #79
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lg stands for life's good based on the lg website idunno why tho..
Old 02-26-2004, 06:43 AM   #80
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Jimathy, did you see the low quality image from LG that has the instructions? For some reason you have to download it:
(Product Support >Device Driver>CD-ROM)

From (

- Create a boot floppy disk dos 6 (
- Copy xferlg.exe and the firmware on that floppy
- Shutdown your PC
- Connect the CD drive on the second IDE cable BUT do not plug the power cable !
- Put the jumper on the CDROM drive as indicated in Dead.gif
- Turn on the PC (the drive has still no power cable) with the floppy disk
- When the floppy has finished to boot, press the eject button of the drive, and connect the power to the CDROM drive while the eject button is still pressed : the led blinks and then is continuously on
- Stop pressing the eject button after the led has finished blinking
- Run xferlg [name of the firmware without the .lge extension]
- Turn off the PC.
- Put the jumper of the drive in the correct position (master or slave)

It sounds like you have the right idea, except maybe when to power up...?

Hope this helps...
Old 03-11-2004, 10:00 PM   #81
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Originally posted by lnepoe83
lg stands for life's good based on the lg website idunno why tho..
L= Lucky Toothpaste
G= Goldstar TV

The 2 companies had merged to form the LG copmpany as it is known today.
Old 03-26-2004, 04:27 PM   #82
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this post is so unbelievable... hehe....Mandrake Linux 9.2 Destroys CDROM it exploded...
I see the news Mandrake linux destroying THE PC of a home user....
Old 04-02-2004, 12:09 AM   #83
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Hey cummom all!

what's the big deal!

Mdk killed 5 of my cdrom drives (even if i knew it was going to), but anyway who kares, you can repair then .
Old 04-03-2004, 12:01 PM   #84
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Um, this thread is AWFULLY close to April 1st, dontcha think?

If it is for real, LG is prolly some MS agent, and this is some of the FUD campaign. How brilliantly evil to put some sludgy hardware on the market that will melt to slag when exposed to GNU/Linux.

I want to work for MicroSoft. KNOT!
Old 04-03-2004, 12:42 PM   #85
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the flush cache command flashes the drive's firmware.
that version of mandrake is the only software around that used that command.
lg is the only company(hopefully) that decided to use that command for that use.
Old 04-11-2004, 10:21 PM   #86
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"Mandrake 9.2 killed my CDROM drive but I threw it out before I found out you could somehow repair them."

Last edited by sjia; 04-15-2004 at 09:38 PM.
Old 04-12-2004, 03:10 AM   #87
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If it is a microsucks job, they will pay it sooner or later i think. But i don't really think that mandrake destroyed your drive, com'on don't be ashamed to tell the truth, the real truth for the story to end.
Old 04-12-2004, 08:33 PM   #88
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What are you suggesting mrcheeks or did you not read the previous threads!

My comments should have been worded

"Mandrake 9.2 killed my CDROM drive but I threw it out before I found out you could somehow repair them."

Last edited by sjia; 04-15-2004 at 09:37 PM.
Old 04-15-2004, 01:53 AM   #89
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I recently (2 days ago) "bought" the Mandrake 9.2 distro from Amazon.
I loaded it on two Dell PCs and Hey Presto! the CD drives were disabled.
I searched the web and got lots of hits about Mandrake 9.2 and LG Cd drives.
So I followed the LG instructions, but when I run LGUP and it searches for my drive I get the error "Not found CD ROM Drive -- Error 1".
I contacted LG and they say that "The firmware updates on our website are for LG branded drives, not OEM drives. I'll ask the factory if they have one for the models that came in Dell pcs."
I have set 9.2 up on another old PC (without a LG drive!) and dmesg reports the version as: Linux version 2.4.22-10mdk...Mandrake Linux 9.2 3.3.3-2mdk #1 Thu Sep 18 12:30:58 CSET 2003"
Two questions:
1. Should Amazon still be selling a distro in April that (reading this thread) was fixed some time ago?
2. Just in case LG don't get back to me has anyone fixed a CRD 8482B drive?

This is not a good start to me trying to convince my boss to use Linux rather than Windows!
Old 04-15-2004, 12:52 PM   #90
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Well the LG drive issue's the single most highlighted errata with 9.2, so didnt you think to check it out and that your hardware was compatable? Not that LG followed standards to start with, but if you wanna roll out linux desktops for a business you've gotta have a clue to check the hardware.


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