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  1. I used third party flash tool to downgrade to WH16NS60 1.01 firmware, but got stuck there, as any other flash attempts failed. The new Pioneer BDR 212 DBK arrived, and I'm in the process of reading back my previously burned BD-Roms (the awful CMC MAG 5). Interestingly, first disk reported as empty, second one copied with some read errors at one of the files (but DID read after clicking retry), then tried again to read the first disk, and this time it reported full and read back without errors [/shrug]. I will try burning something on the discs I got, and if that proves unreliable, I'll have to hunt some reputable disks - any advice how to spot "good" BD-R for writing? P.S. What is going on with the forum engine? I write something, click post, nothing appears in the thread. If I refresh page and try writing again, my previous post is 'restored' into edit window, and if I click post, only now it appears.
  2. I have not managed to revive my BH16NS40 - I did manage to flash it into WH16NS60, but it refuses to downgrade into BH16SN40 1.03 altogether. I have ordered Pioneer BDR 212 DBK and will see how it fares. I mostly burn DVD and occasional DVD-DL, so issues with that are a deal killer for me. That, and I suspect said Asus to have LG parts inside, so avoiding it out of spite. Thank you for help, and the topic is closed with result of "bad media" -> "bricked own burner" -> "new burner".
  3. I have reached out to LG explaining the issue with firmware and asking for assistance. Will see what they reply. *** I don't really want to buy another LG because of bad experiences with the brand - the previous DVD burner was from LG, and died due to 'tracking error' - the only reason I bought a Blu-ray burner from them, was because it was the only model available locally at the time. They do acceptably good TV's tho. Thanks for heads-up on the pioneer, but knowing local market, any new line of product will take around half year to come here or longer, and I really want to have operable burner this month for data archival, and, I suppose, verifying that old burned BD-R actually still hold their data. My only choices at this moment, ruling out LG, are Pioneer drives, because Hitachi is made by LG, and Asus (BW-16D1HT) is probably also based on LG, so... not much choice. The Asus puzzles me actually, being the priciest in store and having some kind of "Green" technology, which looks like a red flag for me - seriously, what kind of energy saving you can do with drive that uses almost no power when there is no disk spinning in it??
  4. Location is central europe. The photo is taken from the manufacturer website and matches the box label I kept (product here https://www.verbatim.net.pl/pl/prod/bd-r-sl-datalife-25gb-6x-wide-inkjet-printable-25-pack-spindle-43811/) The disks themselves have no markings, because they are inkjet-printable. There is faint number sequence on the underside, but mirrored and hard to read. If ImgBurn identified it as CMC, thats probably what it is. Sucks to get cheated by manufacturer. Might explain the inexplicable fails and why sometimes it worked and sometimes not - believe me, I tried like 5 diff programs and began to think some windows drivers are messed up. I cannot verify the burned disk, because 1) the drive is dead as of now and 2) turned the disk into mug coaster, because its unusable. Speaking of burner, I used the manufacturer provided firmware update download from the site, for this exact model. It did not complain about wrong model (in fact, if i download older firmware version meant for "previous" model, it screams that checksum check failed.). The updater correctly identified the drive as 1.03 and updated it to 1.05, but the program hung about 80% up, so after 10 mins of waiting I killed it. Since then, the drive tray opens, but no discs spin or read. Manufacturer updater programs refuse to downgrade the drive to 1.3, or reinstal 1.05 citing the newest firmware is already installed. From what I read in internet the new and awesome firmware is also encrypted and locked, so you cannot overwrite it with anything else. There might be some hacky ways to restore the drive, but my forum digging has been wildly inconclusive so far. Enough to say, I am not buying anything from LG ever again. Can you recommend any burners that would work with the low quality media I got? Don't really want to toss out the box of BD-R I paid 20$ for. Although the only real choices locally are Pioneer BDR S12 LXT / DR-212DBK / BDR212EBK [can't really see whats the difference between them.]
  5. Image of the disks used. I specifically bought Verbatim, as reputable manufacturer, and looked out to avoid LTH disks. The 'burned' disk has the telltale ring on it, but the drive happilly accepted it as 'blank' and burned the same thing again on it (taking another 20+ minutes), but disk was still empty. The attached log may be from that second attempt. As a side note, I managed to "kill" the writer when updating firmware (because several google results claimed "update firmware to solve the burning issues with blu-ray, and LG is not very good with labelling their firmware or doing any safety checks). If you think its the disks, I'll have to try and unbrick the writer, then try another disk... wish me luck.
  6. Using verbatim BD-R (6x speed, printable surface) The drive is HL-DT-ST BD-RE BH16NS40 Burning at 4x. ImgBurn burns the whole disk, then fails at verification with "Failed to Read Sectors 0 - 31 - Reason: L-EC Uncorrectable Error". It took over 20 minutes to finish - so it has been doing "something". But the disk appears empty in windows explorer, but I can see a faint darker ring on it - is it burned or not? I experienced similar problems last time I burned Blu-ray disks a couple months ago - various programs failing to write (eg infrarecorder, burnaware), then ImgBurn worked ok on same disk/drive. And now it doesn't. Is this some random issue? Bad disks? Broken drive? Please see attached log. imgburn issue.txt
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