Today, 4K UHD is the standard resolution being used by movie studios the world over, especially considering that TVs and monitors that support this resolution are getting cheaper. Moreover, all of today’s common devices such as game consoles, Blu-ray players, computers, etc., are coming equipped with 4K UHD Blu-ray optical drives. That is because the standard Blu-ray optical drives do not support 4K UHD Blu-ray Discs. The LG BH16NS40 is one kind of 4K UHD Blu-ray optical drives that can either be equipped on some new computer models, or sold from participating retailers if users need to retrofit it. Unfortunately, this device can come with firmware that can render it ineffective in operations that it should take out, for example copying or ripping 4K UHD Blu-ray Discs. Therefore, we will show you how to downgrade such kind of firmware on LG BH16NS40 optical disc drives.
Part 1: Introduction to LG BH16NS40
The LG BH14NS58, referred to as a ‘Super Multi Blue Internal SATA 16x Blu-ray Disc Rewriter’ by LG is one of their UHD Blu-ray Disc optical drive for desktop computers. Its biggest and notable feature is M-DISC support, a technology that uses a patent rock-like recording surface instead of organic dye to etch data onto a disc. The result is a tougher disc that can last longer. Another notable and welcome feature is ‘Silent Play’, which helps reduce noise during playback by recognizing different multimedia and automatically adjusting the playback speed. This optical disc drive should cost you no more than $100, including free delivery in some locations.
What discs does the LG BH16NS40 support?
It supports 3-layer BDXL-R/BDXL RE discs which offer 100GB capacity, and it supports quad-layer BDXL-R discs which support 128GB storage capacity on a single disc. It also supports DVD+R, RW DVD-R, RW DVD-RAM, and standard Blu-ray Discs.
What other features does the LG BH16NS40 include?
•16X BD-R Write Capability
•Serial ATA Technology
Part 2: Why we need to downgrade firmware on UHD Drive
Any UHD drive comes with its own firmware, which in some cases may impose heavy restrictions that can ‘lock’ its full potential. More specifically, UHD Blu-ray optical disc drives such as the LG BH16NS40 optical drive implement AACS2 protection. Having AACS2 protection means your disc drive needs to be presented with an AACS2 host certificate the corresponding UHD Blu-Ray Disc. At the time of writing, no such certificates are publicly available at the moment. Because of that, users cannot freely make non-decrypted full disc backups of UHD discs from such drives. In rare instances, users may also face trouble reading certain UHD media. Regular BD drives do not implement AACS2 protection, even if they read data from BDXL discs. Downgrading your LG BH14NS58 UHD drive firmware will ensure that you can read UHD Blu-ray Discs, rip them or even copy them.
Part 3: Best program to downgrade firmware on LG BH14NS58 with Leawo UHD Drive Tool
If you decide to downgrade your LG BH16NS40 firmware, you will need a software that can efficiently do such a task, such as Leawo UHD Drive Tool. This is a superb, yet flexible UHD drive tool that allows you to read, rip, or burn the discs without any restriction. Here are the features of this software;
It supports a wide range of 4K UHD drives.
It enables you to downgrade UHD-unfriendly Firmware on Blu-ray drive to a compatible version for 4K UHD Blu-ray ripping, copying or playing via certain programs.
It has an intuitive interface
It can provide you with detailed information about your UHD Bu-ray drive, as well as a helpful log when you use the software.
It supports Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.
You read or learn more about this software from the product page. To use this software for downgrading the LG BH16NS40 drive firmware, follow the steps below;
Step 1: Select the UHD drive from the available list. Ensure that the UHD drive is connected to your computer, then start Leawo UHD Drive Tool. Select the optical drive by clicking the downward triangle icon.
Step 2: Pick out a target firmware. Choose a firmware version from the drop-down box by clicking the Downgrade Firmware button.
Step 3: Downgrade the firmware. When you click continue, the firmware should begin downgrading.
Note: When the downgrading process is finished, restart your computer to make sure that your UHD drive runs smoothly and flawlessly.
Here is a video guide on how to use Leawo UHD Drive Tool:
What software programs can I use after I downgrade my LG BH16NS40 to rip, copy or play 4K UHD Blu-ray Discs on my computer?
1.Leawo UHD Ripper for ripping UHD Blu-ray Discs
It is currently one of the very few 4K UHD Blu-ray decryption and ripping software tools available today, and it is the bestseller among them because of its features and advantages, such as;
☉ Remove AACS 2.0 protection from UHD Blu-ray discs
☉ Decrypt and rip 4K Blu-ray discs, folders and ISO image files
☉ Convert 4K Blu-ray to MP4, MKV, AVI, MOV, FLV, and other 180+ 4K/1080P/720P/regular files
☉ Convert 4K Blu-ray movies in Full Movie, Main Movie or Custom Mode
☉ Edit 4K Blu-ray movies like trimming, cropping, adding watermark, applying 3D effect, etc.
2.Leawo UHD Copy for copying UHD Blu-ray Discs
This is currently the best UHD Blu-ray Disc copying software available on the internet. You should consider it because of its features and advantages which are as follow;
- 1:1 copy 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray movies without quality loss.
- Copy 4K UHD Blu-ray movies of all countries easily
- Remove the 'unbreakable' AACS 2.0 protection upon 4K UHD blu-ray discs.
- Deliver quality-lossless BD100 to BD100, BD66 to BD66 and 3D UHD disc backup.
- Preserve the original HDR10, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision image quality.
- Easy-to-use UI and multiple user-friendly settings.
3.Leawo Free Blu-ray Player for playing 4K UHD Blu-ray content
This is by far the best media player for your Windows or macOS computer, which also supports 4K UHD and even 8K content for playback. Why should you this free media player? These are the reasons;
Region-free Blu-ray player software to play Blu-ray disc and DVD disc for free, regardless of disc protection and region restriction.
Play 4K FLV videos, 4K MKV videos, 4K MP4 videos, etc. without quality loss.
Support the conversion from Blu-ray/DVD discs to MKV in the premium version.