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    Default Reading & Flashing The Samsung MS25 Drive

    Guide property of Team-Xecuter, written by Ubergeek.

    *This tutorial is done with the X360USB PRO. If you are using the SATA Card & CK3 Pro setup, then you will need to select the appropriate I/O and COM ports within Jungleflasher.

    NOTE: If you are using a VIA SATA Card or have a VIA Chipset to flash your drive, you MUST remove the drivers. This is to stop the freezing issues during the process in Jungleflasher. Refer to page 155 of the Jungleflasher Tutorial if you are unsure how to do this.

    Spoiler for Tip For X360USB Pro Users:

    With X360USB PRO you don't need CK3 Pro drivers, you don't have to use any COM ports (if you don't want the "no Com Ports" message showing up when you boot Jungle Flasher then simply save and run this reg file) and you don't have to have any PortIO stuff installed so no F8 or Driver signing disabled or any of that crap any more (simply tick the USB Only button and all the PortIO stuff gets disabled / ignored) - just ignore all that as it's the old way of doing things - X360USB PRO takes care of ALL of it.



    The following tutorial will take you through the simple process of communicating with a Samsung TS-H943 MS25 DVD Drive using Jungle Flasher and an X360USB PRO adapter.

    Requirements:

    • Xecuter X360USB Pro or SATA Card
    • A DVD Drive Power source (the tutorial uses an Xecuter CK3 Pro - you can use an Xecuter CK3 Lite too of course)
    • Sata Cable (Supplied with X360USB Pro)
    • USB Cable (Supplied with X360USB Pro)
    • Latest version of Jungle Flasher
    • X360USB PRO Windows Drivers
    • Windows XP / Vista / 7 - 32bit or 64bit


    WARNING About AUX Power Cable:
    The X360USB PRO comes with an AUX Power cable. This is NOT to be used unless it is required. Your X360USB PRO will function with no problems on 99% of USB ports as they have a 500ma output. A tiny amount of USB ports only carry 100ma. The AUX Power is supplied as a worst case scenario for those instances (you would plug it into a USB capable power supply unit such as the iPod's power brick). DO NOT use the AUX Power cable if your computer supports 500ma as you may cause damage to your X360USB PRO. The best way to test is it just set everything up to see if drivers install, jungle flasher detects the drive etc.

    There are two versions of Samsung TS-H943, the MS25 and the MS28. This guide covers the MS25 model - we are assuming that the firmware is Stock and unmodified. To find out which version of Samsung drive you have simply look at the label and you will see "F/W= MS2X"

    Here is an example of the Samsung TS-H943 DVD label. As you can see we have highlighted the F/W version - in this case it is the MS25. For a tutorial on reading and flashing a MS28 drive, click here.



    Before you connect everything you first need to install the X360USB Pro Drivers. These are signed and work in Windows XP / Vista / 7 both 32bit and 64bit. Download the small driverpack and plug in the X360USB PRO USB Cable. When it asks for the drivers simple point to the files you saved and they will install with ease. You are now ready to hook everything else up.

    It's very easy to hook up your Samsung TS-H943 to your PC. Simply connect the DVD power supply (in this case the Xecuter CK3 Pro) to the DVD drive (take care to make sure it is fitted the correct way - the wrong way can damage your drive) and to a molex power cable from your PC or from an external Molex power supply. Then connect the SATA cable from the DVD drive to the X360USB Pro, and then connect the USB cable from the X360USB Pro to a USB port on your Netbook/Notebook/Laptop/Desktop computer.






    OK we are ready to begin:

    1. Load up Jungle Flasher and...

    (1) Select the MTK Flash 32 Tab
    (2) Make sure the I/O Port is set to 0x000. (Change as necessary for your SATA Card)
    (3) The X360USB PRO should be detected as Primary Master and the Firmware version will be displayed (in this case it is Ver 0.17)
    (4) The Samsung TS-H943 should be detected and ready to work with


    2. Now we need to put the drive into Vendor Mode.

    (1) Click the Intro / Device ID button
    (2) The drive is now in Vendor Mode ( 0x70 )


    3. Now to read the firmware from the drive. Simply click on the Read button.


    4. You will be asked to save the firmware file. I just created a directory called FW on the C: drive and saved it there.


    5. Once the drive's firmware has been read Jungle Flasher will ask you if you want to auto-load the Samsung iXtreme firmware. Click Yes.



    6. Everything is now loaded into Jungle Flasher and you are ready to go. lets explain whats happening on the screen at the moment.

    (1) The source buffer is loaded with the firmware from your Samsung drive. It shows here that it is MS25 Stock Firmware
    (2) This is your DVD key - always keep this safe !
    (3) This is the iXtreme LT firmware auto loaded into the target buffer
    (4) The Samsung LT Firmware is based on the MS28 drive therefore it will spoof the drive back into thinking it is a MS25


    7. Now you are ready to program your drive.

    (1) Select the MTK Flash 32 tab
    (2) Click the Write button


    8. After writing, Jungle Flasher also reads and verifies every sector to make sure that the drive programmed correctly. Once everything is completed it will say "Write Verified OK!"


    9. Success ! You can now click the Outro / ATA Reset button to take the drive out of vendor mode


    Last edited by Demonchild; 04-24-2011 at 08:18 PM.


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