Asus and DVD drive firmware

September 13th, 2009 by

My new laptop has been great for the past seven months or so. Ubuntu is speedy and reliable, and by buying a random Asus laptop (X83VM-X1) I'm free of the upgrade cycle. No need to lust over the latest computer when I don't even know how mine fits into their product lineup. The only problem is that I bought a random laptop from Asus. My DVD drive has been quirky to say the least and has been mostly unusable. I was unlucky enough to get a drive with an older firmware (SR04) than the one provided on newer machines (SR07). I tried contacting Asus but they refused to send me the new firmware. I had given up on using the drive, not that it was a big problem. That is, until I came across comment #26 on this Launchpad thread. This lead me to the guy's blog, where he linked to a copy of the firmware that I needed. Just in case it decides to go down, here's another copy of the firmware. You can apply the patch in Windows to a GSA-T50L disc drive with SR04 on it, and I can confirm that it won't make your computer explode or anything.

4 Responses to “Asus and DVD drive firmware”

  1. bplus Says:


    How do I find out what disc drive and firmware my laptop has?

    Thank you!

  2. jcdoll Says:

    Not sure about windows. In linux, “hdparm -i /dev/scd0” will work for most people.

  3. JohnnyGrey Says:

    This post was a month ago, but I am curious as to if the firmware cured the DVD-ROM problems? I also made a reply on the same launchpad post you reference in your post.

    I have the same laptop with the same drive, but I am unable to find which firmware the drive currently has. I will try and grab the firmware you mention, and report back.

  4. KC Says:

    You may have already fixed it, but.. I had the same… damn.. ISSUE.. for sooo long, and the only firmware update was for the HP OEM.. anyway.. I just found the update we've been waiting for (you may have found it months ago lol) but if you didn't, I'm glad I could help save you the pain in the ass this drive has become. Below is the link to the page with the LG GSA T50L Multi-Disk ODD. It's SR09, and from what I've heard, it fixes everything. Happy reintroduction to burning lol.. :-)…

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