I was just flashing my ASUS 4012a CD-RW drive to firmware 1.1 and I noticed on ASUS’ web site they say to “please change your device from DMA mode to PIO mode and remove all virtual drive software before you update firmware.” I don’t know about any of you, but this sounds like hogwash to me… I just left my drive on DMA mode, left Daemon Tools the way it was, and ran the firmware updater. It seemed to work just fine.
Anyway, this got me thinking. I’ve read a lot of posts here with conflicting instructions on how to update firmware; some say they always disconnect all other optical drives and make the device a master before updating, some prefer to always use mtkflash with .bin files for flashing instead of the Windows executables, etc. My question is whether or not there is really a “best” way to flash firmware. Does a flash simply work or not work? If this is the case, are all of these tips given out just to prevent complications that might make a flash not work? I’ve always just left my drives connected just the way they are and used the Windows flashing utilities to do it, and it always seemed to be fine. Is there something I’m missing?