Hello, I'm glad I found this forum! I have owned a NEC ND-3550A drive for a couple of years now. I love this drive, it is by far the best DVD burner I have ever owned, it has outlasted every other burner by a long shot. I have probably burned over 500 DVDs and CDs on this thing and it still works great!
The only problem I have with it however is that many of the CDs/DVDs I create using this drive cannot be read by itself. IOW, about 75% of the burns I do with the 3550 cannot be read back on the 3550, they do however read perfectly on all my other CD/DVD drives and on all the other computers in the house, including on my living room DVD player, etc. It appears that depending on the blank media I use, this result varies.
I wonder if a modified FW might be able to help this problem so that I can read the CDs/DVDs on the 3550A? I have never updated the Firwmare till today. I just finished updating it to the most recent 1.07 FW, but it does the same thing and won't read copies that I burned on it. I was about to download some of LIggy's and Dee's modified firmwares to try, but I thought I'd ask first to see if there is a specific firmware the might solve this problem.