got the drive from newegg today (build date 4/2004)
been reading through this forum researching as much as i can so i could get the most out of my 2500a. I have FW v1.06.. thinking about flashing it with the hacked ones to disable the rip-lock and better support for a variety of -R discs... but how are the chances of flashing the drive sucessfully? never really done this before, but i do know my stuff when it comes to computers so i know what i'm doing. how do i back up my stock FW in case something goes wrong?? haven't burned anything yet cuz i'm waiting for my dvd-r's (sonic) to come in. am I going to be able to burn above the rated 2x speed? also, why should I care about bitsettings/book type??
BTW, this drive is super quiet!