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  1. From what I read & I could have incorrect information.

    The patched firmware also has modified write strategy.

    The Hex editing of the patch is to match it to the specific drive.

    There are "older" LG WH16NS40s that are SVC Code NS40 .

    Those can't be flashed with the patched firmware.

    Those drives can have the stock LG firmware in versions 1.00 to 1.02 .

    I believe the problem with them is they don't have the same hardware inside as the  SVC Code NS50.

    I haven't been able to verify this but I believe they have a less powerful laser.


  2. @dbminter,

    Do the  LG WH16NS40's you have tested have the SVC Code NS50 ?

    Have they been "downgraded" to firmware version 1.02 ?

    I haven't tested mine on any BD discs but I've flashed two for other people to version 1.02 & they reported that their LG WH16NS40 burned BDs fine.

    I have burned DVDs with my LG WH16NS40  sucessfully with no coasters.

    Tintin06 was asking about a DVD  burner.

    So my thought was the LG WH16NS40 would make a good drive for DVDs.

    There are ASUS UHD friendly drives but they are supposed to be just re badged LG drives.

    All having the  Mediatek chip MT1959.

    I don't know if the LG WH16NS60 uses a stronger burning laser for burning than the LG WH16NS40.

    That might be a hardware difference that would make the difference even if the chip is the same.

    I do have an IDE drive that can't be bitset  to DVD ROM it is a Matshita sw-9585 which is a re badged Panasonic.

    It's a good reader & burns well also as long as the DVD disc doesn't need to be DVD-ROM.


  3. It depends on what ripping & burning you do otherwise what new drive you might want to purchase.

    All my drives except one in a laptop are half height.

    If you plan to work with UHD at some point or not.

    The LG with a better price is the WH16NS40 . (Considered a UHD"Friendly" drive)

    Just make sure has the SVC Code NS50.

    That way if you want to downgrade the firmware for UHD support you can.

    If you prefer you can pay more & get the WH16NS60 .(Considered a UHD official or real drive.)

    You still need to downgrade the firmware to work correctly with UHD.

    I have a VanTech enclosure for a WH16NS40 downgraded to version 1.02 .

    It is working fine.

    I have also read that the Other World Computing enclosures are good but I don't have one.

    I also have a SYBA enclosure for an IDE Samsung DVD drive. It is OK for DVDs  but isn't for CDs(writing).

    It is a chipset problem. 

    I still do most of my DVD ripping & burning with an internal Benq 1650 IDE.

  4. Like you posted too little information.

    I also have a Samsung burning drive in an external enclosure.

    It won't complete burning a CD.

    I'm certain the problem is in the chipset in the external enclosure.

    It can read a CD fine & it can rip & burn a DVD with no problem.

    If you can try mounting the Samsung as an internal drive.

    I bet the problem disappears.

  5. I'm a little late for helping but thought I would include what I had worked on for this.

    It might help someone searching.

    For a data CD this part is the same.

    You need to setup the music files numerically to keep them in order.

    ( This is my test mix for ImgBurn . Of course leave out the .CUE file)


    If they were all .MP3 files you could put 7 or 8 complete CDs on a CD -R.

    Providing your player will play a data disc.

    If you want an Audio CD the numeric order is still the same but you need to create a .cue file.

    This is the one I created from the files above:


    TITLE "Mix"
    PERFORMER "Multiple"
    FILE "01 - Uneasy Rider.aac" AAC
      TRACK 01 AUDIO
        TITLE "01 - Uneasy Rider"
        INDEX 01 00:00:00
    FILE "02 - Long Haired Country Boy.flac" FLAC
      TRACK 02 AUDIO
        PREGAP 00:02:00
        TITLE "02 - Long Haired Country Boy"
        INDEX 01 00:00:00
    FILE "03 - The South's Gonna Do It.mp3" MP3
      TRACK 03 AUDIO
        PREGAP 00:02:00
        TITLE "03 - The South's Gonna Do It"
        INDEX 01 00:00:00
    FILE "04 - The Devil Went Down To Georgia.ogg" OGG
      TRACK 04 AUDIO
        PREGAP 00:02:00
        TITLE "04 - The Devil Went Down To Georgia"
        INDEX 01 00:00:00
    FILE "05 - In America.ape" APE
      TRACK 05 AUDIO
        PREGAP 00:02:00
        TITLE "05 - In America"
        INDEX 01 00:00:00
    FILE "06 - Still In Saigon.wma" WMA
      TRACK 06 AUDIO
        PREGAP 00:02:00
        TITLE "06 - Still In Saigon"
        INDEX 01 00:00:00
    FILE "07 - Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye.flac" FLAC
      TRACK 07 AUDIO
        PREGAP 00:02:00
        TITLE "07 - Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye"
        INDEX 01 00:00:00
    FILE "08 - Uneasy Rider.m4a" M4A
      TRACK 08 AUDIO
        PREGAP 00:02:00
        TITLE "08 - Uneasy Rider"
        INDEX 01 00:00:00

    This is the burned Audio CD in WinAmp:

    As you can see the original order was kept.


  6. I played around with doing this by creating 5 .iso files with ImgBurn.

    In each .iso was two .wav files.

    When I tried in Write mode by selecting all five .iso files only the first .iso file was burned.

    It does show the .wav files when opened.

    I also tried creating a .cue file from the 5 .iso files.

    ImgBurn created the .cue with no problem but the result when using Write mode was the same.

    Using Build mode the result is five .iso files on the disc.

    I also created a single .iso file from the five.

    When I used Write mode for that I also got five .iso files on the disc.

    So what LIGHTNING UK!  suggested to "copy & paste" the contents of the .iso files to a large folder & Build that to a disc is what will work..

    Or to an .iso on the hard drive first then Write that .iso to disc.

    The OP could create a separate folder from each .iso file & put those in a large folder.

    Opt to keep the folders when ImgBurn asks.

    Then maybe there would be separate directories.

    Or if the files are OK in one directory do it that way.

  7. I haven't tested this as I would have to create several small .ISOs to test this.

    This is what I believe you need to do.

    Using Build mode build a single .ISO to your Hard drive using the 10 .ISOs.

    Then Write that .ISO to a disc using Write mode.

    It is my opinion that this disc will have only the 10 .iso files on it.

    You will have them on a disc but you would need to mount them individually in a virtual drive to view them.

    Or maybe the same with 7zip as LIGHTNING UK!  posted.


  8. I had a few problems when I first started using Acronis many years ago.

    I learned it likes the junk files cleaned with CCleaner & a defrag before creating a backup.

    I usually reboot as well.

    No problems for many years now .

    I use 3 different powered USB external HDDs & one USB powered HDD for my laptop backup.

    One of the USB HDDs has 4 partitions two of the partitions are NTFS & two are FAT32.

    Acronis recognizes all of those partitions.

    I have 4 computers I backup & I use the USB HDD I have for that computer.

    No problem using the rescue media to boot a computer into Acronis or it recognizing any of my USB drives.

    I don't have any OS newer than Windows 7 .

    Some people have trouble with Windows 10 & I might also.

    My newest version of Acronis is 2017 & it lists Windows 10 as an OS it supports.

    As before I've read Reflect is also a good backup software & I have no doubt that it is.

    I'm just an Acronis home user & have no affiliations with Acronis other than purchasing their software.

    So my best advice is use the software that works best for you.

  9. Sounds like both backup softwares work a lot the same way.

    I agree the backup software need to be installed in the VM.

    The backup software should be able to see any hard drive or optical drive on the computer.

    Unless it works differently inside your VM.

    I haven't used Macrium reflect but I have heard it is good backup software.

    I will probably stick with Acronis because it has worked well for me.

    I have 3 different paid versions.The reason is I got them almost free after rebate.

    I even have one version on an USB external hard drive that will boot into Acronis

    & then is able to select the image.tib from a different partition on that hard drive & restore that to my OS system drive.


  10. This might not be what is needed so just an idea.

    Acronis backup software creates a file the size of the backup.

    It has the extension .tib .

    I assume this is an image file since it can be mounted with the Acronis software into Windows Explorer.

    Once mounted the files in the backup are accessible even to copy to somewhere else.

    Other backup software may have this same function . Acronis is just the one I use.

  11. My usual method is to rip to a hard drive.

    I usually use another software because the DVD is a commercial movie DVD.

    So I can remove the encryption & compress if I want to.

    I usually do this to DVD compliant folders & files instead of an .iso.

    Then I Build to a DVD writable disc with ImgBurn.

    For Imgundrstndng's DVD since he is having a problem I thought a Build disc to disc might work.

    If it fails it is only one coaster.

  12. Going with using Build mode as suggested by dbminter.

    If you have two optical drives you can Build from one disc to another.

    Used this way Build mode creates folders & files on the disk being written to instead of an .iso

    Since this specific disk doesn't have a layer break.

    Maybe ImgBurn will Build is like it is.

  13. PM received & instructions followed.

    I've had no problems writing audio files from an EAC created .cue or an ImgBurn created .cue to a CD disc with ImgBurn.

    liaemars only posted the OP .

    If I can be of any help to him I will.

    I will probably install madflac to see how it does but I've always had good sounding .FLAC files created with dBpowerAMP.

    Those are the .FLAC files dBpowerAMP. creates with its' "MusicConverter.exe".

    I rarely rip with dBpowerAMP. as I prefer EAC for ripping to .wav files .


  14. 14 hours ago, LIGHTNING UK! said:

    I made ImgBurn dump the output from the filter to a file and did a byte level comparison against the original WAV.

    Could you tell me how to do the dump & byte level comparison ?

    What software you used to do the byte comparison.

    I tested a .flac file burned to an Audio CD with ImgBurn & ripped back to .wav with EAC .

    I also tested the original ,wav that was ripped from the commercial Audio CD with EAC.

    The original .wav rip was done some time ago with EAC  with an optical drive I no longer have.

     So were the .flac files created from it with dBpoweramp.

    I recently burned those .flac files to a CD with ImgBurn & ripped them back to my hard drive with EAC.

    I did a compare with EAC & they were different.

    I would like to test them your way.



  15. This may not help but I use LAV filters .

    They are what are used by ImgBurn when I use FLAC files as the source for writing an Audio CD.

    I would tag the FLAC files first.

    That way it is easy to use the tag setting for writing a .cue with ImgBurn .


    I know this is an old quote.

    How did you do the compare of the .wav files written from .FLAC files with the original .wav ?


    On 11/22/2013 at 3:58 AM, LIGHTNING UK! said:
    When I tested them all (many moons ago), madFlac did the best job - hence why that's the one I've recommended to everyone ever since and why that's the one mentioned in the guide.

    All the filters needed to do was allow me to take a flac file (I'd created from a wav) and decode it back to a wav file with bit perfect accuracy... i.e. so it matched the original wav file. Very few filters would do that, but madFlac did it just fine.




  16. I checked the Verbatim DVD - RWs I have & they are rated at 2X max write speed.

    They seem to have lasted well.

    I'm not sure if I have any Verbatim + RWs.

    If I do they're" buried deep" somewhere.

    I have some Arita that are + RWs they have a 2.4 max write speed.

    They are Ricohjpn.

    They also go several writes.

    I don't have any that are 4x or 8x .

    I also don't use these as much as I did at one time.

    I used to time shift TV shows with DVD RWs.

    Now I use DVRs to to this.

  17. Here is something for you to try..

    First download & install Virtual CloneDrive.


    This will add ElbyCDIO.sys to your optical drives drivers.

    Unless you have AnyDVD or AnyDVD HD installed.

    Then it will have AnyDVD.sys instead .That's OK because AnyDVD.sys has the ElbyCDIO.sys in it.

    The reason I have ElbyCDFL.sys on one of my computers is I have CloneCD installed but not AnyDVD.

    ElbyCDFL.sys also contains ElbyCDIO.sys .

    For lack of a better explanation this is an ASPI layer.

    You can check your drivers in Device Manager.

    DVD/CD-ROM drives/Your drive/Properties/Driver then select the Driver Details button.

    Then in ImgBurn: Tools/Settings I/O/Interface select  ElbyCDIO - Elaborate Bytes.

    Then OK at the bottom of the Settings window.

    Just for good measure I would restart ImgBurn.

    For the logs make sure the Logs is checked in the View dropdown.

    In Settings/Events On Exit "Save the Log".

    Then it should be there when you select the Help dropdown.

    Select ImgBurn  Logs ...



  18. @ dr_ml422,

    I don't know if this will help

    I'm using Windows 7..

    I have a TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-H662A UO00.

    It is installed in a USB enclosure & is set to master.

    I do have cdrom.sys as one of the drivers in Device manager for this drive.

    I also have ElbyCDFL.sys which I believe is installed by Virtual Clone drive.

    I also have dvdfab.sys which is installed by Passkey.

    The last two may make the difference.

    This is what I get from a Verbatim DVD+R but it is a MCC not a Ritek.

    This is the ImgBurn read stats from it:


    TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-H662A UO00 (USB)
    Current Profile: DVD+R

    Disc Information:
    Status: Empty
    State of Last Session: Empty
    Erasable: No
    Free Sectors: 2,295,104
    Free Space: 4,700,372,992 bytes
    Free Time: 510:03:29 (MM:SS:FF)
    Next Writable Address: 0
    MID: MCC-004-00
    Supported Read Speeds: 2x, 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x
    Current Read Speed: 16x

    Physical Format Information (ADIP):
    Disc ID: MCC-004-00
    Book Type: DVD+R
    Part Version: 1
    Disc Size: 120 mm
    Maximum Read Rate: Not Specified
    Number of Layers: 1
    Track Path: Parallel Track Path (PTP)
    Linear Density: 0.267 um/bit
    Track Density: 0.74 um/track
    First Physical Sector of Data Area: 196,608
    Last Physical Sector of Data Area: 2,491,711
    Last Physical Sector in Layer 0: 0

    Physical Format Information (Last Recorded):
    Disc ID: MCC-004-00
    Book Type: DVD-ROM
    Part Version: 1
    Disc Size: 120 mm
    Maximum Read Rate: Not Specified
    Number of Layers: 1
    Track Path: Parallel Track Path (PTP)
    Linear Density: 0.267 um/bit
    Track Density: 0.74 um/track
    First Physical Sector of Data Area: 196,608
    Last Physical Sector of Data Area: 2,491,711
    Last Physical Sector in Layer 0: 0

    When you say your drive is also a DVD-RAM is this the kind of disc you have it read?

    Unfortunately not a Verbatim.


    TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-H662A UO00 (USB)
    Current Profile: DVD-RAM

    Disc Information:
    Status: Others
    State of Last Session: Complete
    Erasable: Yes
    Sessions: 1
    Sectors: 2,236,704
    Size: 4,580,769,792 bytes
    Time: 497:04:54 (MM:SS:FF)
    MID: MXL9
    Supported Read Speeds: 2x, 3x
    Current Read Speed: 3x

    File System Information:
    Sectors: 2,236,704
    Size: 4,580,769,792 bytes
    Time: 497:04:54 (MM:SS:FF)

    TOC Information:
    Session 1... (LBA: 0)
    -> Track 01  (Mode 1, LBA: 0 - 2236703)
    -> LeadOut  (LBA: 2236704)

    Track Information:
    Session 1...
    -> Track 01 (LTSA: 0, LTS: 2236704, LRA: 2236703)

    Physical Format Information (Last Recorded):
    Disc ID: MXL9
    Book Type: DVD-RAM
    Part Version: 6
    Disc Size: 120 mm
    Maximum Read Rate: Not Specified
    Number of Layers: 1
    Track Path: Parallel Track Path (PTP)
    Linear Density: 0.280 to 0.291 um/bit
    Track Density: 0.615 um/track
    First Physical Sector of Data Area: 200,704
    Last Physical Sector of Data Area: 2,514,783
    Last Physical Sector in Layer 0: 0

    I have no problems with discs in this drive being recognized.

    You might see if IsoBuster can read the Verbatim blank in this drive.

    Not so much to use IsoBuster but to test with it.

  19. Also recognizing UHD 4K blu ray discs.

    With the V 1.03 my computer wouldn't open this type disc in the  LG WH16NS40. (SVC Code NS50).

    The (SVC Code NS40) can't be rolled back or flashed with older versions.

    This usually bricks the drive from what I've read.

    I have also read that some were able to flash a (SVC Code NS40) back to V.1.03.

    It hasn't worked for everyone though.

    I checked with Vantec & the chipset my enclosure has is the Asmedia ASM1153E .

    Thought I would put that in. It might be useful to someone.

  20. I did contact SYBA but so far no useful information from them.

    Just no new firmware for this enclosure & actually not any available even old.

    They don't know why it won't write an Audio CD.

    However they don't even know if it was/is supposed to have this capability.

    @ dbminter I also have a Vantec it has a LG WH16NS40 that has been rolled back to firmware v 1.02 .

    I haven't tried any BD burns in it so I can say how well it works for this.

    As above it worked fine for an Audio CD burn.

    I don't have an OWC but I have looked at some of them.

    Just a couple of things more I've done with the SYBA enclosure.

    ImgBurn can erase a CD RW in the SYBA enclosure.

    ImgBurn can write a Data CD with music to a CD RW & probably a CD R(I didn't test the later).

    To me this means the CD laser is working in the drive in the SYBA enclosure.

    So to me the problem has to be in the Prolific chipset & where it is instructing the optical drive to start the Write to an Audio CD on the CD RW disc.

    ImgBurn knows that would be the wrong location so it gives the error. 


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