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  • 60. Re: I fixed my LG SuperDrive
    Digitrich Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi,
    I have the HL-DT-ST DVDRW GSA-S10N: also from LG with firmware version AP09
    Boot camp is running XP so I should be able to use a flasher from
    http://forum.rpc1.org/index.php
    Could someone help me choose the right one?
    thanks in advance!
  • 61. Re: I fixed my LG SuperDrive
    Digitrich Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ok I found this one
    http://forum.rpc1.org/dlfile.php?site=firmx&file=GSA-S10N_AP12Apple.zip
    and used it without success, I still have the same problem; I can read DVD's and CD's but can
    only occasionally read EMPTY DVD's. (my mbp just spits them out)
    The firmware update from AP09 to AP12 worked out fine. I've installed it trough windows XP using bootcamp. It took a couple of minutes and it gave no error or what so ever.
    If I check the firmware on Leopard now (system utility) it says it's the AP12.
    But it didn't solve the problem.
  • 62. Re: Superdrive Firmware Update 2.1 hosed your DVD-RW? Here's howto restore
    pointr7 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks much for this info...I'm glad it helped some of you. But ****, it didn't improve my "super" drive, which is spitting out various CDs and DVDs.

    TAPPING on my $3500 "professional" Mac to get the drive to work properly? The **** with that! I'm very close to ending my relationship with Mac, and this another nail in the coffin. I really hope that there is a fix soon for this subpar optical drive. I wonder if I could get Apple to replace it with another brand? Would another brand fit in there? My girlfriend's Dell laptop reads and writes every single CD or DVD that you throw at it...

    Message was edited by: pointr7
  • 63. Re: Superdrive Firmware Update 2.1 hosed your DVD-RW? Here's howto restore
    Rod Hagen Level 7 Level 7 (31,985 points)
    THis won't be a "Leopard" issue in your case , Aussie D, and returning to Tiger wouldn't do you any good.

    You have either a dirty or defective optical drive by the sound of your symptoms, unless the media you are trying to use are all seriously bad.

    Rod
  • 64. Re: Superdrive Firmware Update 2.1 hosed your DVD-RW? Here's howto restore
    clandells Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi,
    I did what you said and I'm still having problems? It all seemed If I load the new software, I running 10.4.11,update to 10.5.3 will that help or do I need to replace with a new superdrive?
    Thanks for the help.
    Carol
  • 65. Re: Superdrive Firmware Update 2.1 hosed your DVD-RW? Here's howto restore
    Rod Hagen Level 7 Level 7 (31,985 points)
    Hi Carol,

    Hemant's solution really only applies in some quite specific circumstances. Have you tried solutions to other, more common problems (different media, cleaning the drive, making sure that there is plenty of room on your Hard drive and that the space there isn't badly fragmented, etc etc).

    What are your actual symptoms? Will the drive read discs but not burn them, or does it refuse to see any dics? Does the problem occur with both DVD's and CD's or just one type of disc, etc?

    You might be better off starting a thread of your own, and giving full details of the nature of your problem and what you have already tried to do to fix it.

    Cheers

    Rod
  • 66. Re: Superdrive Firmware Update 2.1 hosed your DVD-RW? Here's howto restore
    clandells Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks Rod!
    Carol
  • 67. Re: Superdrive Firmware Update 2.1 hosed your DVD-RW? Here's howto restore
    tobias f Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hello,
    after a year of putting up with it, i am too frustrated at having to read a DL disk over the network from my MDD.

    I have a MBP 2.33, OS 10.5.4 and the lovely LG GWA-4080MA, firmware AE39 thanks to the "upgrade" 2.1.

    now, I don't have the hard-drive space to install Windows, so I want to understand something simple: Why can't Ben11's flashing instructions be used with the Windows flashers which others are using under BootCamp? Surely it is just a matter of the Terminal instructions installing the flash data, and can't the instructions be adapted for the LG drive's firmware?

    Sorry, I have no understanding of the Terminal, so I need help from someone else out there.

    Thanks,
    Tobias
  • 68. Re: Superdrive Firmware Update 2.1 hosed your DVD-RW? Here's howto restore
    tobias f Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Has anyone tried removing the drive and plugging it into a Windows machine for the flashing, rather than installing BootCamp and XP on their machine?

    I am tempted to do this with my old laptop.

    t
  • 69. Re: Superdrive Firmware Update 2.1 hosed your DVD-RW? Here's howto restore it.
    freit5 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have a similar but very weird problem with a new MBP. I just received 2 MBPs today and I'm installing a few programs for an employee. All Mac media works fine, Norton, Adobe etc. Blank cds are recognized too.

    The problem is it won't take any cds or dvds that were burnt in Windows and it won't let me insert any Windows discs period, it simply tries to read them and then spits them out.

    Is this Apple's latest jab at Microsoft? ***.

    The stupid thing is all of these discs work just fine in my MBP.

    Mine is a UJ-857E with firmware ZC0E and the messed up one is UJ-875 firmware DA09.

    Has anyone had any similar experiences?

    After a few minutes of troubleshooting support send to mail it back or bring it in but I'm 1,800 miles away from the nearest Apple store and I don't want to spend and more $ Fedexing this thing back I just spent $6,000.
  • 70. Re: Superdrive Firmware Update 2.1 hosed your DVD-RW? Here's howto restore it.
    William Kucharski Level 6 Level 6 (14,695 points)
    If it's an issue covered by warranty and AppleCare determines you need to return it Apple usually picks up the shipping cost, at least in the U.S.
  • 71. Re: Superdrive Firmware Update 2.1 hosed your DVD-RW? Here's howto restore
    freit5 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    That's cool but it still *****. I mean how can this be right out of the box.

    I just tested some more stuff at home. It plays burnt dvd movies and regular dvd movies just fine but then I tried a dvd driver from Sun Microsystems and it spits out.

    Its like, if it is not Mac, it spits it out. There has to be some logical explanation for this.
  • 72. Re: Superdrive Firmware Update 2.1 hosed your DVD-RW? Here's howto restore
    gmarinov Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    Thought I'd chime in with some good news for those unwilling to submit to the heresy that is Windows running natively under bootcamp, just for the sake of a firmware update.

    Looking to revert your superdrive firmware but only finding windows utilities? VMWare fusion is your friend. The optical drive is connected natively, and not emulated (don't ask me, I don't know how). I'm sure you'll figure out the installation. And if you already have Parallels, you can import a Parallels VM straight into Fusion, no fuss.

    I did this today w/ GWA-4080MA, going back to AE38 after AE39 (2.1) made my drive stop reading its own written DVDs.. (LG make awful drives, Apple how could you fit one in!)

    P.S. standard disclaimer applies. You're the one responsible if anything goes wrong. I'm not related to VMWare inc.
  • 73. Re: Superdrive Firmware Update 2.1 hosed your DVD-RW? Here's howto restore
    edwin longshank Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    ^^^^ Could you explain, in more detail, for those like myself who are less educated with that sort of thing, the complete process? Thanks.
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