First post here, so I hope I don’t mess up!
I promise I have searched this forum extensively and looked at Liggy, Herrie, TDB and the etna sites. but I’m not clear.
First, what I am trying to do. I am not bothered by RPC restrictions, but my Dell firmware is years out of date and it seems to be increasingly difficult to find media that will burn at full speed, or even totally reliably (in the case of RW. Works most of the time, but seems to dislike some Verbatim 4X discs, not all). The old Verbatim 2.4x RW and 4x R seems to have disappeared or got very expensive. I am hoping firmware with updated media info will help. I am quite happy sticking with ‘plus’ media
This is what I need help with. As mentioned in the thread title my drive is ‘servo 5’ (identified using the etna process and the Dangerous Brothers’ tool. Most of the firmware updates seem to be servo7. So are there any better (more reliable, more media)servo5 firmwares?
My thoughts were to play safe, use the etna process to replace my Dell firmware with the what seems to be the only servo5 generic firmware ("1.ND 5 (1.26)) and then use the standard NEC tool to upgrade to their latest - 1.93.
But does the NEC 1.93 firmware support servo5? I’m concerned that servo5 may be a funny Dell special and NEC have not released any generic firmware updates for it.
Will the NEC upgrade tool work if the above firmware is installed?
Is this even a good choice? Is there another safe option with good media support? As I said before, I am looking for increased ‘plus’ media support and good reliability, rather than removing RPC restrictions or trying to be an ND1300.
Any advice you can give would be most most appreciated.