Hi. It’s been years since I flashed my EXTERNAL USB/FIREWIRE NEC DVD RW ND-3500AG to 2.17 and today I got some 16x DVD-R’s and they won’t burn with DVD Shrink & Nero 7. It says the media type isn’t compatible.
I found software to flash it to version 2.1A here (I’ve since found 2.1B as well on this forum):
The DVD-R’s DO BURN on my internal 2x Toshiba SD-R6112 ATA at 2x, so I KNOW these will burn at a slower speed & it’s not Vista, it’s not the DVD’s being “bad”, it’s probably the firmware being old.
My worry is that on the link above it says:
The above NEC firmware upgrades should not be used with external USB / FireWire drives or with OEM drives from HP, DELL, Medion, Fujitsu, Siemens, Gateway, or any other OEM manufacturer.
I only have a laptop & when I purchased the burner I put it in an external USB/FW case that I purchased.
I realize I MUST have flashed it externally years ago since I’ve never owned a PC desktop, but it says on that link about device location being master or slave and when I go to the Vista Device Manager it says “Location: on USB Mass Storage Device”
Does that even matter? When I open the firmware 2.1A update it finds the burner, but I’m unsure if I have a retail version or OEM. I just bought it from some tech site like newegg and put it in the case and have used it ever since.
Is it okay to flash it even though it’s external?