Firmware upgrade

December 8, 2006 at 11:39:24
Specs: winxp, Athlon1800+/256MB
Dear gurus,
I'm looking for a firmware upgrade for my LG dvd burner
model HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4081
But I can only find upgrades for

Anyone know the difference?

Thank you

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December 8, 2006 at 12:21:24
Why do you feel you need a firmware upgrade?

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December 8, 2006 at 12:23:13
? maybe to empower it with DVD DL burning capabilities ?

Does firmware do it?


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December 8, 2006 at 12:40:57
If your burner doesn't do Dual Layer now a firmware update isn't going to make it capable of that. Not to be a smarta** but why do you even feel the need for dual layer?
One other point, if you attempt to flash the firmware with an incorrect file your drive will quit working completely. If you really need to have DL just replace the drive, its not like they are all that expensive. I personally don't see any need for dual layer. The disks are still too expensive for my taste.

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December 8, 2006 at 15:46:11
I think that model is a dual layer, some flash upgrades can make a diferance where HARDWARE hacking is the objective....

Keep the old stuff running

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December 8, 2006 at 20:05:21
"Anyone know the difference?"

The speculation is that the "B" notation ending the model # often stands for the drive's color - as in Beige or Black depending on the manufacturer.

Your's is probably beige in color isn't it?

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December 9, 2006 at 02:51:39
Dear Gurus,
I'll try and reply to each and every one of your questions:-

Dear jam,
My DVD burner is maybe too old as I bought it 4years ago. So I tried to see if it was now obsolete, logically reading the specification.
I just can't find a specification for the write speed of an LG HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4081 in the mode DVD-RW .
Specifically the above LG model that has NO letter 'B' at the end.
Yes, I CAN find specifications for HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4081B which has a B on the end.

Now to answer your query, "why do I want a firmware upgrade?"

Up till now I like everybody else, have gone through a selection process to find the most reliable media for his/her
particular burner.
I started out buying the cheaper DVD-RW 1-2x media
(4 years ago that was about the fastest media on offer).

However after a nasty experience of burning onto one cheap DVD brand then coming back to read a month later and finding the data had evaporated, I became selective.

The TDK 1-2x DVD-RW has served me well and my first data files recorded are still there.

But I hear they are dropping the 1-2x media because all the modern burners can write at speeds of x4 and above.

I tried writing on the newer faster media
e.g verbatim DVD -RW x6. As this is a reputable brand, I deduced that the burn fail was due to my burner not being able to write at the required speed.

Hence I wanted to find out if it was possible to upgrade the firmware to the new available media, or, otherwise buy a new DVD burner.

Your thought please!
Dear XpUser

I think the answer to Mr Jam above also answers your intrinsic "why do you want a firmware upgrade.
Dear OtheHill
Yes I agree completely that dual layer DVDs are a bit pricey, though if they exist there must be a demand. Maybe they will become cheaper as time goes by. As for me wanting them.. did I imply it? If I did, then I apologise.
Dear LinuxOS2,
well it may be dual, but that was not the intention of my question as I explained in detail to Mr Jam.
I just wanted to know if the 1-2x media was becoming obsolete, because then it would be time to upgrade or buy a new burner.
Thanks anyway
Dear Sabertooth,
now that hadn't occurred to me, yes, it is beige in colour!!! But maybe this time there is something more sinister. I've trawled the web and everyone talks about the B. So apart from your suggestion, I still haven't got a clue as to the specification for the write speed expansion possibilities of my 'B-less LG DVD burner

Thank you all for taking the time to reply but it seems this is the time for me to bite the bullet and find a new burner that will accept the newer media and last another 4 years. That's progress!

Thank you all
Cheers and bye



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December 9, 2006 at 05:35:32

I don't know what software you are using to burn but you should be able to set the burn speed to whatever you desire. The 6x you refer to is the maximum speed of the media. You should be able to burn at 1x or 2x using that media. If you have burned alot of disks I am surprised the unit still works. Many of the drives around start to crap out at 100 or so disks. Not sure how prices are in Spain but DL burners can be had here in the USA for $40 or less on sale.

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December 9, 2006 at 08:45:43
If burning discs at a faster speed is your main objective - you better think again!


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December 9, 2006 at 09:25:06
Maybe "B" on the end - is black color of device?

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December 9, 2006 at 09:32:14
Dear Gurus, OtheHill and XpUser,

Thanks for your time and patience.

1. "what software you are using?" Freeware prg 'DeepBurner' no bells and whistles but works fine.
2. 6x max.... Yes at the moment but rising. 1-2x media not so sure. It seems to become harder to find... hence my quest for a burner above 2x
3. " Many of the drives...." I agree completely. However I'm backing up my HD work and not copying films or such. I do a back about 4 times a year, (I think I have 19 of speed 1-2x 4.7GB copies.)
Prices in Spain? About 30-40 dollar seem the same. Mind you there are some really cheap nameless ones at $15, but not for me.
4. I think we can close the thread as we are all in broad agreement, unless of course someone can find the difference between B and non-B. Anyway, many thanks for suggestions. Cheers fred

1. Thank you for the PC World article, it confirms what we all suspect,( point two) about getting the right combination of burner and media.
2. No I don't want to burn faster than the existing minimum. But technology advances and built in obsolescence is king. Just look at what happened to DOS, replaced by
windows 3.1. Look what happened to win3.1 etc etc. they need to make changes to keep the industry rolling :-))

3. But as I said to Mr OtheHill above, it looks as if we all agree... so for me it is thread end, over and out roger.
Many thanks for your time

PS excuse the spelling but I can't find the spell checker and I usually speak in Spanish

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December 9, 2006 at 10:03:35
I don't use WinXP so I don't know much about the burning capabilities of XP but Roxio allows you to set the burn speeds. I NEVER burn any disk at maximum. My thought is that is just more risk for errors.

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December 10, 2006 at 04:29:48
FredF... I think you've come to the right conclusion. The GSA-4081 is pretty old (8x DVD+R, 4x DVD-R, 3x DVD-RAM, and 2x DVD-RW). If you want to sift through a lot of opinions on DVD burners, media and burning, head on over to CDfreaks forum for a whole lot of bickering on the subject.

My general attitude is to buy a modern burner, keep its firmware up-to-date, and feed it quality media. That's about it.

"If it ain't broke, upgrade anyway."

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