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LG GP50NB40 (Slim DVD Writer, External, DVD±RW, USB 2.0)

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LG GP50NB40 (Slim DVD Writer, External, DVD±RW, USB 2.0)
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LG GP50NB40 
Minimum: $ 13.50 
Maximum: $ 28.81  
Updated: 23/07/2016 17:03

Review of Linux Compatibility

The LG GP50NB40 is an external DVD writer which is fully and automatically supported under Linux, .e.g., the writer was tested successfully under LinuxMint (Petra).

The drive has the USB ID 0e8d:1887:

Bus 002 Device 005: ID 0e8d:1887 MediaTek Inc.

and is automatically recognized by the Linux kernel

usb 2-5: new high-speed USB device number 4 using ehci-pci
usb 2-5: New USB device found, idVendor=0e8d, idProduct=1887
usb 2-5: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
usb 2-5: Product: Portable Super Multi Drive
usb 2-5: Manufacturer: Hitachi-LG Data Storage Inc
usb 2-5: SerialNumber: KZ5xxxxxxx
usb-storage 2-5:1.0: USB Mass Storage device detected
scsi7 : usb-storage 2-5:1.0
scsi 7:0:0:0: CD-ROM            HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GP50NB40  1.00 PQ: 0 ANSI: 0
sr2: scsi3-mmc drive: 24x/24x writer dvd-ram cd/rw xa/form2 cdda tray
sr 7:0:0:0: Attached scsi CD-ROM sr2
sr 7:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg8 type 5

Identified Hardware Configurations (9 Results)

This hardware component was used by Linux users under the following system configurations. These results were collected by our LHG Scan Tool:
Scan Date
Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS 4.4.0-87-generic - 27/07/2017
Linux Lite 3.4 4.4.0-83-generic - 11/07/2017
blackPanther OS v16.2SE (Silent Killer) 4.7.0-desktop-1bP - 23/05/2017
Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS 4.8.0-51-generic - 03/05/2017
Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS 4.4.0-66-generic - 22/03/2017
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 4.4.0-21-lowlatency - 09/06/2016
Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS 3.13.0-86-generic - 25/05/2016
Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS 3.19.0-30-generic - 18/10/2015
Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS 3.13.0-48-generic - 02/04/2015

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8 Responses to “LG GP50NB40 (Slim DVD Writer, External, DVD±RW, USB 2.0)”

  • effell says:

    Works with Vista, fails with Ubuntu 14.04.
    Same desktop, cable, dvd-r data disc, usb port.

    • StarGazer4 says:

      I really would be surprised if this device does not work with Linux in general (there are too many remarks of other people in the web who successfully use it under Linux). Sounds more like a configuration problem, maybe of the USB port.
      Can you provide us the output of “lsusb” if the drive is connected? What type of mainboard are you using? (Your IOMMU settings could prevent the use of the USB device under Linux.)
      Maybe you could also execute the automated hardware scan described under
      The generated log results could give us a hint whats going wrong.

    • StarGazer4 says:

      Did you perform the hardware scan already?
      I can see that recently a scan of a HP Compaq dc5800 was added, but this machine had a “LG GE20NU10″ drive connected and not a “LG GP50NB40″ according to the logs. USB ID was

      Bus 001 Device 004: ID 152e:1640 LG (HLDS)

      Was this your PC?

    • effell says:

      That’s my hardware profile, recorded with the iommu=soft kernel option. No luck.
      I had both the “LG GE20NU10″ and “LG GP50NB40″ connected via USB. That’s the computer that will read a DVD-R on the GP50NB40 under Vista, same config.
      I did try earlier the GP50NB40 on a Thinkpad T420 running Ubuntu 14.04 and no luck there either.
      I have been too busy to run more tests, but I will. I will maybe try other iommu options, plus also try an older Lubuntu Thinkpad. Any further suggestions?

    • LHG-Team says:

      I created a separate page for the LG GE20NU10 with the corresponding output of the scan program:
      I could not find the scan results of the GE20NU10, it seems it was not connected while the scan was performed:

      Bus 002 Device 003: ID 0bda:0111 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTS5111 Card Reader Controller
      Bus 002 Device 005: ID 0e8d:1887 MediaTek Inc.
      Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
      Bus 008 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
      Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
      Bus 006 Device 002: ID 0c45:1158 Microdia A56AK
      Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
      Bus 001 Device 004: ID 152e:1640 LG (HLDS)
      Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0cf3:7015 Atheros Communications, Inc. TP-Link TL-WN821N v3 802.11n [Atheros AR7010+AR9287]
      Bus 001 Device 002: ID 1058:1001 Western Digital Technologies, Inc. External Hard Disk [Elements]
      Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
      Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
      Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
      Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

      The output of the GP20NU10 looks absolutely fine, no error regarding this device is visible. Did you try to change IOMMU settings also in your BIOS (e.g. disable/enable IOMMU) and not only use the kernel option “soft”? Use USB 2.0 instead of USB 3.0 ports, if available?

    • LHG-Team says:

      Sorry, but I have to correct myself: The GP50NB40 was connected during the scan. I simply did not recognize it at first glance because it is listed as a MediaTek device.
      I added the log output of the scan to this hardware description.

    • effell says:

      This brand new LG drive mounted a data DVD once on Vista, hadn’t worked before, hasn’t worked since. It clicks as if it’s trying to spin up to speed, but failing to. Tried multiple USB ports (all 2.0) including a yellow power port. Turns out it doesn’t just feel like flimsy cheap crap. Better delete this thread/rating.

      Thanks for your time and attention, sorry for the false alarm.

    • LHG-Team says:

      It’s not possible for me to delete your rating but I changed it from 1 to 5 stars, since it is not a Linux compatibility issue (but instead bad hardware quality).

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