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LG BH12LS38 Owner's Manual

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To enjoy fully all the features and functions of your product, 
please read this owner’s manual carefully and completely.

OWNER’S MANUAL

Blu-ray Disc Rewriter

BH12

P/NO. MFL31705878

ENGLISH

DEUTSCH

FRANÇAIS

IT

ALIANO

ESP

AÑOL

PORTUGUÊS

 


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CAUTION

: The laser used in the Blu-ray Disc Rewriter can damage your eyes. 

Do not attempt to open the cover.
To reduce the risk of electric shock, 
do not remove the cover (or back).
There are no user-serviceable parts inside.
Refer servicing to qualified service personnel.

Use of controls or performance of procedures other than those 
specified herein may result in hazardous radiation exposure.

WARNING 

: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this appliance

to rain or moisture

Industry Canada requirement

This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.

FCC COMPLIANCE STATEMENT

Note

:

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class
B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and
can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance
with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. 
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or 
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and
on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of
the following measures:

- Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
- Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
- Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the

receiver is connected.

- Consult the dealer or an Authorized Service Center for help.

• FCC 

WARNING

Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for 
compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.

•  This Blu-ray Disc Rewriter is for use only with UL listed personal computers that

have installation instructions detailing user-installation of card cage accessory.

 


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CAUTION :

CLASS 3B VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE LASER RADIATION WHEN OPEN.
AVOID EXPOSURE TO THE BEAM.

ADVARSEL : 

KLASSE 3B SYNLIG OG USYNLIG LASERSTRÅLING VED ÅBNING.
UNDGÅ UDSÆTTELSE FOR STRÅLING.

ADVARSEL :

KLASSE 3B SYNLING OG USYNLIG LASERSTRÅLING NÅR 
DEKSEL ÅPENS. UNNGÅ EKSPONERING FOR STRÅLEN.

VARNING :

KLASSE 3B SYNLING OCH OSYNLIG LASERSTRÅLNING NÄR DENNAL
DEL ÄR ÖPPNAD. STRÅLEN ÄR FARLIG.

VARO! :

KURSSI 3B NÄKYVÄ JA NÄKYMÄTÖN AVATTAESSA OLET
ALTTIINA LASERSÄTEILYLLE. ÄLÄ KATSO SÄTEESEN.

The appliance is not intended for use by young children or infirm persons without 
supervision.

CLASS 1

LASER PRODUCT

KLASSE 1

LASER PRODUKT

LUOKAN 1

LASER LAITE

KLASS 1

LASER APPARAT

CLASE 1

PRODUCTO LÁSER

CLASSE 1

PRODOTTO LASER

Microsoft® and Windows® are trademarks registered in the United States and other 
countries by the Microsoft Corporation.

DVD Logo is a trademark of DVD Format/Logo Licensing Corp., registered in U.S.,
Japan and other countries.

BD Logo is a trademark registered in U.S., Japan and other countries.

The company names and product names written in this manual are trademarks or
registered trademarks of the respective companies.

EU Conformity Notice

LG Electronics hereby declares that this/these product(s) is/are in 
compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant 
provisions of Directive 2004/108/EC, 2006/95/EC, and 2009/125/EC.

European representative :
LG Electronics Service Europe B.V. Veluwezoom 15, 1327
AE Almere. The Netherlands
(Tel : +31-(0)36-547-8888)

 


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Contents

Features

Features  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Important Precautions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
System Environment  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
Location and Function of Controls  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Installing the Drive  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Device Drivers  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
How to Use the Discs  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
Troubleshooting  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
Specifications  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

• Serial 

ATA interface.

•  Power tray loading and ejection of disc. (The disc can also be ejected manually.)
•  CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW/+R/RW/+/-R DL, DVD-RAM, BD-R/RE(SL/DL), BD-R (SL L to H)

read and write compatible, CD Family, DVD-ROM and BD-ROM read compatible.

•  Supports Regional Playback Control Phase II for DVD-Video.
•  Automatic buffer underrun error prevention technology.
•  Supports LightScribe Direct Label Printing Technology - *Optional.
•  Supports BD 3D movie play.

*  You can use a variety of Disc format.

Package Items

Item

Quantity

- Blu-ray Disc Rewriter

1

- SATA Power cable

1

- SATA Data cable

1

- Application Software Disc

1   

- Owner’s Manual

1

BH12LS38

BH12NS38 

LightScribe

Supported

Not Supported

 


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Follow these precautions when handling the drive or discs.

• Please take notice that the manufacturer of this equipment does not offer any 

warranty against data loss due to inappropriate installation  or handling, or direct
or indirect damages.

• Please take notice that the manufacturer will bear no responsibility for direct or

indirect damages caused by the use of this product or its malfunction.

• Please take notice that the manufacturer will bear no responsibility for damage to

data caused by this product.

• Please backup (copy) all important data as a protection against data loss.

• Avoid placing the drive in a location subject to:

- high humidity, high temperature, excessive dust, mechanical vibration, 

direct sunlight

We recommend using the drive in a horizontal or vertical position. 
Do not use it in tilted position. 
• Don’t move the drive suddenly from a cold place to a warm one or raise the room 

temperature suddenly. Condensation may occur, causing abnormal operation.

• Make sure to remove the disc before moving the drive. The disc may become

damaged, causing data loss.

• Be careful to prevent foreign objects, such as liquids or metal, from entering the

drive. 

• Don’t interrupt the electric power while  the drive is operating.
• Please pay attention to handling Electrostatic Sensitive Devices, you may use

anti-static products such as wrist straps, heel straps, mats to protect your body
from electrostatic.

Important Precautions

 


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Operating Environment

This unit can be operated in the system environment explained here.

System Environment

* Compatibility problem in write/read function may occur with media depending on the media 

manufacturing quality. Maximum write (or read) speed depends on system environments.

* There may be some cases when motion picture playback is not smooth depending on bit rate.

* When using LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling on Windows Vista systems, please ensure Service Pack 1 or

higher is installed. 

• 

Playing Blu-ray Disc Movies  *NOTICE*

Due to copyright protection features, certain requirements must be met in order to playback BD movies on a
computer. When using digital video connections, the monitor and graphics card must support High-bandwidth
Digital Content Protection (HDCP). Note that most monitors and graphics cards currently don’t support HDCP.
But, most High Definition TVs and multimedia monitors do support HDCP. Refer to the PC or graphic card
maker’s web site to see if your card supports HDCP. 

Some video cards that currently support HDCP:
- nVIDIA: GeForce 7800 GTX 512 / 7900 GT / 7900 GX2 / 7900 GTX / 7950 GX2 / 8600 GS / 8600 GT / 

8600 GTS / 8800 GTX or higher with 256MB min memory.

- ATI: Radeon® HD2300/ HD2400/ HD2600 series or higher with 256MB min memory.

*When using ATI Radeon

TM  

HD 1000 Series Graphic Card, some BLURAY movie title can not be played on

Windows7 normally. It caused by giving up supporting the device driver of this Graphic Card by ATI Radeon

TM

.

For more information, Please contact to customer service center or website of ATI Radeon

TM

.

*1 

Graphic card driver shall meet AACS compliance criteria. Please consult your graphics card vendor for proper
driver solution.

*2 

HDCP (High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection): Required to view pre-recoded Blu-ray Disc which is copy
protected.

• CPU : Pentium D 3.2 GHz or higher (Motherboard that supports SATA.)

(Recommended Core 2 Duo E6600 or higher.)

• O/S : Windows XP (Home / Professional / Media Center Edition) with

SP2/ Windows Vista (X86, X64) with SP1/ Windows 7

• RAM : 1GB or more
• HDD : 30GB or more of available space (60GB for Blu-ray Disc authoring)
Serial ATA
5.25-inch half-height bay required
+5V/+12V power socket required

BD-R

: Sony, Panasonic.

BD-RE

: Mitsubishi Kagaku Media, Maxell, Sony, Panasonic.

DVD-R

:Mitsubishi Kagaku Media, Verbatim.

DVD-RW

: JVC, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media.

DVD+R

: Mitsubishi Kagaku Media, Verbatim.

DVD+RW

: Mitsubishi Kagaku Media, Verbatim.

DVD±R DL

: Mitsubishi Kagaku Media, Verbatim.

DVD-RAM

: Maxell.

CD-R 

: Mitsubishi Kagaku Media, Verbatim, Taiyo Yuden. 

CD-RW

: LG, Mitsubishi Kagaku Media, Verbatim.

System 
requirements

Interface
Drive bay
Power
Recommended
media manufacturer

Graphic Card 

Monitor

Driver

Interface

HDCP

*2

Interface

HDCP

Resolution

DVI or HDMI

Compliant

DVI or HDMI

Compliant

1024x768

or more

(Recommended

: 1920x1080)

AACS 

*1

Compliant

Digital

 


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Location and Function of Controls

Front Panel

1. SATA Power Connector (15 pin)

2. SATA Data Connector (7 pin)

Rear Panel

1. Disc Tray

2. Drive activity indicator

The LED is used to indicate the operation of 
Blu-ray Disc Rewriter.

3. Emergency Eject Hole
4. Eject Button

1 2

❏ 

Occasionally CD-R and CD-RW discs written by a CD-R/RW drive cannot be read by other
CD drives. These unreadable discs may need to be read using the CD-R/RW drive they
were created with. The disc written using the CD-R/RW drive might not be readable by 
CD-ROMs other than Multi-read compatible (UDF compatible) CD-ROMs. 
Multiread compatible (UDF compatible) CD-ROMs are CD-ROMs that can read low
reflectance and support Packet Write.

❏ 

Please note: 

Certain software (i.e. particularly those including Video playback) may require

a considerably increased specification PC to give acceptable results. While this Blu-ray
Disc Rewriter can read DVD-video or BD-MV(BD-ROM) discs, decoding them to 
display on your pc’s monitor requires separate MPEG, H.264 or VC-1 decoding that is done
by separate hardware (either an MPEG, H.264 or VC-1 decoder card or MPEG, H.264 or
VC-1  decoding done by your video card), or separate software that you install to do
MPEG, H.264 or VC-1 decoding. For further details, refer to the documentation that comes
with MPEG, H.264 or VC-1 software.

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2

4

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Before installing the drive, please note the following points.

You will need the following:
•  A screw driver of a suitable size to fit the securing screws for the drive unit.
•  The manual for the computer, so you can find the mounting positions for the SATA

cable.

Turn off all peripheral appliances of the computer and the computer itself, and 
disconnect their power cords from the wall sockets.

Discharge any static electricity on your person by touching the computer covers, etc.

Removing the Computer Cover

Make sure all peripheral devices of the computer and the computer itself are turned off,
and then remove the cover. Refer to the manual for the computer for details about 
removing the cover.

NOTE 

: There may be sharp edges inside the computer so take care to avoid injury.

Mounting the Drive

1.  Remove the a 5

1

/4

″ 

drive bay panel from the computer. Refer to the manual for the

computer for details.

2.  Insert the drive unit into the bay. Do not apply excessive pressure to the cables inside

the computer.

3. Secure the drive with the screws. If there is not much space behind the drive,

connect the SATA and other cables before securing the drive.

NOTE

: This is a general installation guide. If your PC hardware appears different, please

consult your hardware manual for installing peripheral devices.

Installing the Drive

 


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PC Connection

The Blu-ray Disc Rewriter connects to the motherboard of the host computer using a
SATA interface cable. 

Connecting the SATA Power Cable

Connect the power cable so the projection of the cable connector side to come to the left
side. Be careful not to connect upside down. 

NOTE 

: Improper connection may damage the drive and void the warranty. Generally, 

the power connector can only fit one way.

Connecting the SATA Data Cable

Connect the data cable. Be careful not to connect upside down. 

Connect to the SATA connector
on the PC's Motherboard.

Data cable

Power cable

Data cable

Power
cable

Connect to the power
connector of the PC.

Red

 


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Device Drivers

When using Windows XP SP2, Vista and Windows 7, no special device driver is
required. Your system, upon Power On and bootup after installing and connecting
the new Blu-ray Disc Rewriter will recognize and load native software drivers 
automatically.

For Windows XP Users

In order to ensure normal drive operation, please check the following:
• The drive is displayed in

Windows XP : [Control Panel]-([Performance and Maintenance])-[System]-

[Hardware]-[Device Manager]-[DVD/CD-ROM-drives]

If the drive is not recognized by your computer, please check the following
items.
• If an 

indicator is displayed on the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers in [Control

Panel]-([Performance and Maintenance])-[System]-[Hardware]-[Device
Manager], you will need to contact your PC’s manufacturer or the mother-
board’s manufacturer and get the appropriate IDE controller driver.

Run 

Add New Hardware

in Control Panel to let PC search again for new

device.

Included Software

Retail versions of this drive come with CD/DVD/BD authoring Software. 
Before installing, please uninstall any previous CD/DVD/BD burning software you
may have loaded on your PC in order to prevent possible compatibility issues.
Once you have installed the application software, you may (if you wish) begin to
reinstall previous software, taking note for errors. Check for software updates for all
of your writing software.

 


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How to Use the Discs

Don’t attach any stickers or labels to discs, It could cause read/write errors and data loss.

DO NOT use non-standard discs. NON-standard discs may not play or store data 
properly. 

The Discs in this unit operate at a very high
speed! DO NOT use damaged, cracked or
warped discs. The drive’s optical unit may
be damaged if they break.

Emergency Eject

This drive has a feature that allows the disc to be ejected manually if this becomes 
necessary such as failure of the drive or a power outage. 

NOTE:

Don’t use this feature 

except 

in an emergency.

1)

Turn the power to OFF.

2)

Poke a fine-tipped object (such as a straightened heavy duty paper clip) into the
small hole above the eject button. The front door will pop open and the disk tray will
come partway out.

3)

Pull the front door to open it all the way, then grip the disc tray between thumb and
forefinger and gently pull it straight out.

*  If you cannot get a good grip on the disc tray with your fingers, use a steel binder clip

or spring clamp to pull it out.

NOTE: 

This feature is a last measure to be

used only in an emergency. 
Using it excessively will cause malfunction.

 


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Before Requesting Service

Before calling for service, check this list.

The drive doesn’t have power.
• Is the power supply cable from the host computer plugged in?
• Is the Power Connector to the drive securely attached?

The system doesn’t start.
• Are the power and SATA cables to the PC correctly connected?
• Is the total length of the SATA cable 20 inches or less?
• Is each connector completely attached?

Other connections may have been knocked lose while installing the drive.

Cannot Read or Write Discs.
• Is the condition of everything else in the system (CPU, hard disc, and others) as it 

should be? (See system environment.)

• Does the CD, DVD or BD disc have dirt or scratches?
• Did a screen saver or other application operate while writing to the disc?
• Is there enough free space on the CD, DVD and BD disc?
• Does writing fail even using the simulation test for CD or DVD disc?
• Is the disc loaded in the drive with the read/write surface facing the right direction? 

(label up)

• Is the drive installed in the correct orientation?
• Was the drive or disc moved from a low temperature environment to a high temper-

ature environment? (There is a possibility of condensation on the lens in the drive or
on the surface of the disc.)

When you call for service, be prepared to give as much information as possible of your
system, environment, and the specific problem. (What happened? When? How long?
What was going on? Were there any error messages displayed? etc.)

Please Note: 

Since this product supports Regional Playback Control Phase II for 

DVD-Video with CSS, a certain MPEG decoder card or Software without regional code
setting may cause this drive not to read DVD-Video with CSS discs. This Drive enables
you to change the regional code up to 5 times

.

Troubleshooting

 


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Specifications

*1 

The disc of the cartridge type is not supported.

*2 

BD-RE: The disc of version 1.0 is not supported. 

*3 

There might be some cases when this drive can not satisfy the best performance depending on the conditions
of the disc, the drive, and the recording format.

* The drive’s appearance and specifications may change without prior notice.

General

Supported Discs 

*1

BD-ROM(SL/DL), BD-RE

*2

(SL/DL), BD-R(SL/DL), BD-R (SL L to H),

DVD-ROM(SL/DL), DVD-R(SL/DL), DVD-RW, DVD+R(SL/DL),
DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-I, Photo-CD (Single
& Multi-Session), Video CD, CD-Audio Disc, Mixed mode, CD-ROM
disc (data and audio), CD-Extra, CD-Text, CD-R, CD-RW

Disc Diameter

12 cm/ 8 cm (8 cm disc can be used only with drive placed 
horizontally.)

Host Interface

Serial ATA

Mounting direction

Horizontal/Vertical 

Read/Write Media

Write 

Read : 

Speed 

*3

BD-ROM (SL/DL)

10x/8x max.

BD-R (SL/DL)

2x, 4x, 6x, 8x, 10x, 12x/

10x/8x max.

2x, 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x

BD-R (SL L to H)

2x, 4x, 6x

6x max.

BD-RE (SL/DL)

2x/2x

8x/6x max.

DVD-R

2x, 4x, 8x, 12x, 16x

16x max.

DVD-R (DL)

2x, 4x, 8x

12x max.

DVD-RW (SL)

1x, 2x, 4x, 6x

12x max.

DVD-RAM

2x, 3x, 5x, 12x

12x max.

DVD+R

2.4x, 4x, 8x, 12x, 16x

16x max.

DVD+R (DL)

2.4x, 4x, 8x

12x max.

DVD+RW (SL)

2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x

12x max.

CD-R

8x, 16x, 24x, 32x, 40x, 48x

48x max.

CD-RW

4x, 10x, 16x, 24x

40x max.

CD-ROM

48x max.

CD-DA (DAE)

40x max.

Performance

Data transfer rate

BD-ROM : 359.65 Mb/s (10x max)

*Sustained

DVD-ROM : 22.16 MB/s (16x max)
CD-ROM : 7,200 kB/s (48x max)

*Burst(ATAPI)

SATA Gen.1 (1.5 Gbps)

Average Access

BD-ROM : 180 ms (typ.), DVD-ROM : 160 ms (typ.)

Time (1/3 Stroke)

DVD-RAM : 180 ms (typ.), CD-ROM : 150 ms (typ.)

Buffer capacity

4 MB

MTBF

100,000 Power On Hours (Duty Cycle 20 %)

Environmental When operating

Temperature: 5 °C to 45 °C

Humidity: 15 % to 80 % R.H.

Level

When not operating

Temperature: -30 °C to 60 °C

Humidity: 10 % to 90 % R.H.

Electrical

Power

DC 5 V, DC 12 V

 


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Caution!

The disc rotates at high speed in the drive unit. 
Use of worn, damaged, or non-standard discs can
adversely affect the drive and cause the disc to
shatter or crush while in use. 
Disc crush can only occur when you use a damaged 
disc in the drive. It is an extremely rare occurrence,
but there are steps which can be taken to prevent it.

Always check your discs before inserting them
into the drive.

1. Take care not to use worn, cracked, damaged,

warped or poor quality discs, as this may
cause damage to your drive.

2. Check the clear plastic on the center of the

disc, cracks here are the main cause of disc
crush.

3. Do not play discs which are a non-standard

(I.e. non-circular)shape, such as heart shaped
discs, or discs in the shape of a business
card.

How can you keep your discs from becoming
damaged?

1. When not in use, remove discs from the drive.
2. Keep discs in the packaging supplied with

them and out of direct sunlight and away from
heat sources.

Excessive vibration or a sudden jolt to the drive 
during operation may cause a malfunction. 
Avoid exposing the drive to sudden changes in
temperature as it may cause condensation to collect
inside the drive.

Copyright © 2011   

www.LG.com

©

2011 Made by

Please visit www.lgservice.com and install the automatic
firmware download program, “LG ODD Online F/W update.”
This program will automatically check for new firmware
releases and download them. It is also included on the 
software discs that accompany our drives.