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LG DVD drive, firmware upgrade

PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 2:04 pm
by GeordieJedi
Hi again all. Whats new?

Ok, I finally fixed my broken DVD prob by....buying a new one from amazon.

Model No = HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GH22NP20.
GH22 is the important bit i think?

However my questions are these

1. The specs state that it's a x22 speed drive, but in K3b the best I can get is
x8 speed. I was wondering if it only reaches x22 with some "special" driver
software in Windows?

Once AGAIN Vi$ta is not recognising the drive at all. device manager has its
little exclamation mark next to the drive. So after doing a little bit of digging
around on some forums, it seems that there's a firmware "fix" for this.
So my next question is...

2. It it worth trying the firmware u/g in windows? (As it seems to be working
fine in lInux).

Thanks for any help.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 2:20 pm
by Dutch_Master
1) It's not only the drive, but more importantly the disk that determines the actual writing speed. Try another disk that's spec'd at 22x speed.

2) It's normal Vi$ta doesn't recognise new hardware. In fact, I'm surprised it actually recognises hardware at all ;) Unless you really need that drive in Win-OS, don't bother upgrading.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2009 2:24 pm
by GeordieJedi
Cheers Dutch_Master,

I have to admit, I totally forgot about the disc speed factor, :oops: .
After checking my spindle of discs, they are indeed "only" 8x
double :oops: :oops:

PostPosted: Tue Oct 13, 2009 1:36 pm
by GeordieJedi
Ok, even more wierdness...

I've managed to find find the firmware upgrade, however.......

When I unzipped it, and tried to install it I received an error message telling
me that it couldn't find an ATAPI device!!

I've done a LOT of searching around the net and LG don't seem to have any
drivers from their own products.

I have managed to find this = ... 2np20.html

(I'd just, really like my DVD drive to work in both LInux AND WinBlow$.
I dont think its too much to ask?)

PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:30 am
by towy71
Vista has a well known bug about losing optical drives, it happened on my seldom used vista installation and the fix involves deleting some entries using regedit* or some such b*llocks :roll:


edited for bad spelling :oops: :oops: :oops:

PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:46 pm
by GeordieJedi
Cheers Towy. I'll give it a blast and let you know how I get on :D


Well that went better than expected.....
Vi$ta now recognises my dvd drive, I can now play Cd's and Dvd's once
again. (I think I might need to re-install Nero again, but I can totally live with

@ Towy
You Sir, are a legend.

It's Very much appreciated. :D