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I've been getting a few spam comments recently, so I guess it's time to enable the captcha option. I hope it won't be too much of a hindrance for anyone leaving real comments.

LG DR787T in the trash

Update! I have upload the firmware files on FileDen (never used it before, someone suggested it though - thanks Alex!). The firmware can be found at: Happy downloading, and I hope your player has a longer life than mine!

For those following the LG DR787Tsaga, I have recently thrown my unit away. It wouldn't read anything, so I decided to go buy a $30 DVD player (which, by the way, is working wonderfully).

Yes, I still have the firmware files. For those of you who want to try to fix your units and need the files, feel free to send me an email. I am thinking about uploading them to a free hosting site somewhere, but unless the demand increases it just wouldn't be worth the time to set it up. I have set up an account, see the above update for a link!

It amazes me that a DVD player would work one day, and the next day stop working. Why? Poor manufacturing? Bad luck? My dog peed on it without me noticing?

I tried t…

LG DR787T Dark Knight playback issues solved

Update 2:
I have uploaded a copy of the LG firmware files to fileden; they can be downloaded from

I have thrown away my dvd player.

So if you read my last post, you would know that I was having problems playing The Dark Knight DVD on my new (used) LG DR787T DVD Recorder/Player. I would put the disc in and the player wouldn't load. After talking to tech support and hearing that they don't know what is wrong and they can't help me, I decided to try the firmware upgrade that LG had on their support website. It was listed as adding Parental Control capabilities, but I figured maybe they threw in some other fixes as well. Sure enough, after I installed the new firmware, The Dark Knight was playing perfectly!

Here is what to do:
Go to LG's support websiteEnter the model number DR787TNext to "[USA Only] Parental Update for RC797T & DR787T Video Players", download "2_Software Update f…


UPDATE: I found a solution to this problem

So I talk to an LG representative today about my new (new-to-me) LG DR787T DVD recorder. I just got it (for only $20 on ebay, what a steal!) and was going to test it out by watching The Dark Knight. Pop in the disc, and it doesn't work. Won't load. I look around, and it seems other people are having similar issues, so I decide to do my civic duty and let LG know they have a problem to deal with.

: Hello Matt Kokotovich. Welcome to LG Electronics! How may I provide you with excellent service today?
Matt Kokotovich: I have the LG DR787t and it won't play The Dark Knight DVD. Are you aware of this issue and is there a fix being planned?
(long gap here)
Matt Kokotovich: Hello?
Bria: I would like to please place you on a brief hold while I research that for you, will that be alright?
Matt Kokotovich: Sure, thanks
Bria: Hello....yes one moment
Bria: Thank you for holding. Are you playing blu ray or HD in the player?

(I believe I already me…

US Bank flash drive hidden CDROM removal instructions

So recently my girlfriend opened US Bank savings and checking accounts, and as part of the deal received a free flash drive. The representative told her it has some promotional files on it, but they can just be deleted. Not quite.

When I plugged the flash drive in, two drives appeared on my desktop (Ubuntu). One was what I expected, a USB mass storage device. The other was a CDROM drive. I looked at what was on it, and it was just a bunch of promotional files and programs.

Well obviously this cdrom popping up every time you plug in the drive isn't very nice, so I tried to remove it. Reformatting the device didn't work, it just cleared out the USB mass storage device. I ran dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb to zero out the entire drive, in case reformatting somehow missed something. This destroyed the MBR, partition table, everything. But when I plugged the device back in, the CDROM was still alive and kicking.

So this wasn't a hidden partition on the drive, this had to be…