I have owned a 712a since october 2004 during which time I’ve burned probably around 200-300 DVD’s and around 40 cd’s. I only use the drive for burning and scanning. a couple of months ago, I started to get two blinking amber lights when I inserted a burned or pressed cd. Even so the drive can still recognize blank cdr’s after a few tries and even more suprising to me, burns them as well as ever. I never bothered running the self-test because I didn’t care (my BenQ burns just as good and scans).
Is it a bad idea to flash the new 1.08? I assume it probably won’t hurt the drive but it isn’t going to fix the laser either. I thought I saw a a thread or two in the forums regarding damaged drives becoming fried after flashing new firmwares. I can’t find these now, maybe I’m going crazy?