First, I really doubt that Marco or anyone at BTC will offer support for a 1004 running a 1008 firmware. Second, can you clarify what the problem is? By reading the title, I assume you cannot flash the drive using the 56 firmware but in the email you state that it is running 56 but producing disc's that can't be read.
Also, I think Marco said that a 1004 with the 1008 FW will only harm the drive if you try to write a disk faster than 4X, otherwise you shouldn't harm anything.
Vette XP, I don't see any problem with asking for help like he did, this is an open forum and the 1004 with 1008 fw has definitely made the crappy 1004 I have work much better. It is obvious that BTC is not going to fix the problems with this very inconsistant drive with a 1004 fw, but I might get proven wrong. I have found that most of the media I use works much better with the 1008 fw. Now why can they fix it on the 1008 and not the 1004, the laser pickup is all that is supposed to be different with the 1008 laser suposidly being a higher wattage.