Right now, I feel God awful to have provided you with this firmware. For now I say let the unit unplug for a while, like overnight. I'm kind of hoping that it will give the drive a break. I'm looking for other options and also the official, unhacked 0197 UK firmware in order to flash it back and once done, flash it with the hacked one to bring you back to where we were. I'll be checking/providing further info ASAP.
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I have unplugged it and will leave it overnight as you suggest. If we can get it back to 0197 I'll be happy.
I have been reading these latest exchanges with a little interest.
I wonder if some 'double jeopardy' is at play. The hack does include, unless it is different to the one you already used, the ability to make the drive region free. What if the hack really was working and since it already found the drive was region free so it had nowhere to go.
Same with the other site, where you got the original hack from, that hack serves to reduce the region count by 1 so Region 2 initially becomes Region 1. Another adjustemt then makes the drive Region Free. But you can not use those hacks since a reduction of 1 from 0 attempts an invalid number of -1.
OK we are back in business!!! I'm delighted and relieved to say it's now working again and back on 0197 with the Region Free change.
I created a new CD with the 0197 hack on it. I turned it on, then put the CD in, closed the CD tray, then turned off and unplugged the power cable. When I turned on again it displayed the "F 0197" message and reapplied the hack. It then said "Done". I turned off and then on again and voila!! It's working again Region Free on 0197.
Now I'm going to leave it alone and not make any further changes. To be honest, limiting to just 160gb isn't a big deal for me, especially as I was starting to think it had reached the end of its life.
Interesting, unfortunately I don't think dbr97 can access the setup menu, if he can, for sure I would change the region and try the firmware again. The next best thing might be to find the original unhacked version of the firmware, apply it then reinstall the hack firmware
OK !!! Glad you got it working after the rest. I agree, leave it as is at hacked 0197 160GB. I just loaded the fridge with a few brews and will be having one later in relief !!! Just to let you know, I've changed all the disc drives in my Liteon/Ilo recorders with PC drives that are compatible (older Liteon and some Sony IDEE disc drives). A lot of dismantling, shaving some metal off with a Dremel tool, drilling holes in the bottom of the case for homemade drive brackets, reassembling etc... I've got one 5045 left to change the drive. A project for this winter. I'll be photo-documenting the process this time around. Once done, I'll start a new thread here explaining and attaching the photo files. Stay tuned !!!
What with a perceived shortage of toilet paper I am also glad to read you are 'relieved'
There are so many tales of people 'bricking' their drives to get something that may work but not always guaranteed.
If these latest posts have value it will be a warning like when I grew up with those Aesop fables. The one, if memory serves, of the dog and the bone comes to mind.
No shortage here, I'll be fine !!! As for the drive replacements I've done more than a dozen of them Liteon/Ilo recorders over the years as long as you test the drive first to ensure it's a compatible drive with the system. It has to be a drive from that era, and of course usually a Liteon PC drive or a rebadged Liteon drive, Sony had a few of them at the time which I've used. The dvd recorders in which I've change the drives in are:
Liteon 5045 (3)
Liteon 740 (1)
Liteon 760 (2)
Liteon 5007 (2)
Ilo HD04 (6)
Ilo R04 (3)
As i recall the 097B version was the best version for no macro or content protection. So I would put the earlier level to see if it helps!
I've got several Lite-ons myself and have had them just stop working mainly because of the dvd problem, though take it out of one machine put it into another and it works perfectly fine!! I have tried a dozen dvd burners and not had one that didn't work. I have one in a working machine at the moment the actual burner itself isn't working but I replaced the drive in the machine which was causing issues with a Pioneer DVR AO7XLA and it worked straight away.
I have also got this same problem with one of the machines which just stops recording after 30mins and all settings inside are fine, though I have noticed when it does this if you look at the bar where it says recording on your TV it says OTR which I assume is One Touch Recording when it says this the device always stops on 30 mins but I have no idea why it is saying this because I do the exact same thing everytime, I just think it's temperamental, maybe it's the remote sensor not picking up me clicking on the remote properly, I have just thought maybe I should try pushing the record button on the machine and see if that works any better lol