I’m sorry if this has already been answered but I’m in a hurry and would appreciate an answer.
The situation is as follows: a friend purchased a Benq DW1620, manufacture date October 2004 and firmware B7L9. Tomorrow I will be installing the drive on her PC and she will then pick it up. After that it will not be very easy to get hold of the PC and install or correct anything.
What I want to know is: is it worth it to upgrade the firmware? What would she gain by doing it? Note she will not be doing any disc quality testing and will most likely not write DL media, at least in the foreseable future. Also writing at 8x or 12 or 16x is about the same for her since she will not be doing a lot of burning. It’s likely that she will write some CDs.
I read some threads mentioning that sometimes there are some failed (?) firmware flashes. That would be a no no, given the situation explained on the second paragraph.
So, basically: is B7L9 a good firmware or is it a very good idea to upgrade it to something else? In the later case what is the better firmware in terms of all around performance, i.e. DVD+R and DVD-R.