Cross-flashing LG WP50NB40?

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DH_Leon
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Cross-flashing LG WP50NB40?

Post by DH_Leon »

Hi there!

I've scoured the forums before posting to try to make sure this hadn't been answered already, and couldn't find a clear response. From what I gathered:

WP50NB40 == BP50NB40
Only diff. appears to be the BP50NB40 includes a little software pack-in.

However, the firmware is ever so slightly different, at least in the name scheme being WP and such, which is where I'm getting thrown off. Following this post, would I be correct in thinking I would flash the firmware of a LG WP50NB40 to HL-DT-ST-BD-RE_WP50NB40-NB50-1.03-NM00800-212005070929.bin then cross-flash over to HL-DT-ST-BD-RE_BP60NB10-1.00-NM00200-211711211720.bin, or might that be a mistake?

With the linked instructions I was able to easily flash a LG BP50NB40 then cross-flash (if I'm using that term right) to BP60NB10, but I found I could return that drive, which I just got, and get basically the same thing (LG WP50NB40) cheaper, hence asking. Before I go around and return the drive and save a little cash though, I want to ensure I can replicate the firmware flashing/crossflashing process, which I believe can be done just as easily, just not sure if I have the right idea with the aforementioned flash sequence.

TL;DR:
To cross-flash LG WP50NB40, would you write HL-DT-ST-BD-RE_WP50NB40-NB50-1.03-NM00800-212005070929.bin to the drive then proceed to write HL-DT-ST-BD-RE_BP60NB10-1.00-NM00200-211711211720.bin to it?

Thanks ahead of time, and load of thanks to the folks that have developed the tools to make all this possible.
Carlos G
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Re: Cross-flashing LG WP50NB40?

Post by Carlos G »

What did you end up doing? I am in the same position. I have a WP50NB40 that I need to cross-flash.

This is what MartyMcNuts got around this, but I have not found cross flashing instructions that work.
What I did was flash my BP50NB40 from 1.01 to 1.01-MK. That is when I discovered it is not UHD friendly. So I created the HBD firmware for this drive. So I then flashed my BP50NB40 to BP60NB10 using the HBD firmware and now it is recognized as a BP60NB10, can read UHD and has libredrive enabled.
viewtopic.php?t=21071

Yes, I've been through dozens of forum threads: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=19634

Might just buy another drive at this point.

Thanks
Billycar11
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Re: Cross-flashing LG WP50NB40?

Post by Billycar11 »

Carlos G wrote:
Fri Nov 25, 2022 6:09 pm
What did you end up doing? I am in the same position. I have a WP50NB40 that I need to cross-flash.

This is what MartyMcNuts got around this, but I have not found cross flashing instructions that work.
What I did was flash my BP50NB40 from 1.01 to 1.01-MK. That is when I discovered it is not UHD friendly. So I created the HBD firmware for this drive. So I then flashed my BP50NB40 to BP60NB10 using the HBD firmware and now it is recognized as a BP60NB10, can read UHD and has libredrive enabled.
viewtopic.php?t=21071

Yes, I've been through dozens of forum threads: viewtopic.php?f=16&t=19634

Might just buy another drive at this point.

Thanks
Follow the bp50 section in the guide
Or get an automated flasher from me or Marty that will do it all for you
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iamamish
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Re: Cross-flashing LG WP50NB40?

Post by iamamish »

I've gained a lot from these forums so I wanted to be share back what I learned.

In essence, I followed the instructions here. I had a vanilla WP50NB40 drive (manufactured in 2017). I used the SDFtool to first save my vanilla firmware, then I flashed it to the HL-DT-ST/WP50NB40-NB50 version in the firmware pack. That gave me a libre-compatible drive, but alas - no UHD reading (this is expected).

So, I then patched it a 2nd time, only this time I used the HL-DT-ST/BP60NB10 firmware that I believe Marty recommended.

I am now able to read UHD discs. :)

Huge thanks to everyone who makes these tools and keeps these forums up-to-date!
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