Iâ€™m weary about using Herrieâ€™s Firmware as I read it invalidates your warranty and my 2510 is a day old, if I can get away without using it I will, for the time being anyway.
I agree with Max 2k1, in giving Herrie’s FW a try, especially after reading his telling how the original fw’s writing strategy for G04’s wasn’t perfected; good thing Herrie (with Wesociety I think from what I’ve read?) fixed that.
I just got my NEC a month ago, and was hesitant to void the warranty and weighed that against the gains in Herrie’s FW. I took the plunge last week, and it’s great o be able to burn 4x media at 8x; not to mention the Rip lock removal (which benefits for faster ripping I have not yet used) and the region removal…and the bitsetting also, which I’ve also not used yet, since i have DVD-R’s now and they read pretty goon on my standalones.
As for voiding the warranty, you can read the pro’s and cons on the “Warranty still Valid?” thread (do a search and you’ll find it). If you save the original FW before flashing to Herrie’s, you could always, like others have said on this forum, flash it back if you ever needed to send it to NEC. I wouldn’t feel bad about that if I returned for a flaw that has nothing to do with the fw…though many disagree…
Point is, the fw Herrie did is simply better that NEC’s original, let you do more, and has been proven stable and safe by most/all accounts… i personally think it’s safe. But it’s up to you and what you can live with.