@drage and @bjkg :
Glad you guys joined the thread!
I completely agree with you two that flashing this drive could not have possibly caused the problems I started seeing just yesterday (3 weeks after the flash occurred) - it seemed illogical and and I am convinced that flashing to 111L did not cause the problems - I just have a bad drive. To rule out my system I just hooked it up to another PC and witnessed the same problems.
However based on the feedback I received above from chef, DVD_Addict and 0301orih it seemed it was popular opinion amongst everyone else that the flash was a bad bad idea - and for the sake of ending the thread I let chef, DVD_Addict and 0301orih win and just advised anyone else to avoid flashing their drive, especially if everyone is going to get to caught up on the fact that a drive is flashed and not offer any other advice.
New Pioneer 111D is already ordered - and the first thing I'm gonna do.... is flash it to a 111L :bigsmile:
... unfortunately it looks like I need to be a little more cautious in the future when I post the information that my drive is flashed to a 111L, it seems to be unpopular
Thanks again for your feedback - its nice to see that I'm not alone in thinking flashing this drive to a 111L is a "fairly" safe thing to do and that the act of flashing it should not kill the drive a few weeks later. I was starting to question my own sanity!