Flash 1.08 to hurt 712a?




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? :iagree:


Blinkcodes for 712A. http://www.plextor.com/english/support/plexhelper/atapi/blink712A-SAandUF.htm

Looks like a RMA


I know, I thought I only had a year to RMA it, I’m in the US.
Even if I could, there are going to be some problems as I don’t have the original box it came in. Besides, as long as it will read/write dvds I don’t really care.


In EU we have two years warranty.

I’ve just flashed my 712A to 1.08.

Gave me some strange burns, but quality of burns were fine.


I just checked, one year in the US like I thought.


Strangeburns posted in this thread. http://club.cdfreaks.com/showpost.php?p=1363978&postcount=30


I think that if the drive is nearly dead (physically), a new firmware doesn’t hurt very much as it would die completely sooner or later. If the misbehaviour however is related to firmware problems you have a good chance that the drive operates normal again.

I would flash 1.08 but it looks like a physically dead drive though.