Yes i have flashed it but the bad news is you can’t back up the original firmware in case something goes astray as you put it.
However i flashed mine to version 106d with no problems
From what i understand it is the way the orininal bios was written and they purposly locked the drive at 2x rips for reasons unbeknowed to me.
Use the link and everything will work out fine i know mine did.
I don’t know how these guys figure out the code but they are bloody genius’s
I cannow rip with this drive after upgrading as high as 12 x rips a lot better than the 2x which literly sucked.
I know i was aprehensive about this but it worked on dvd-r and dvd+r media
I have been using the memorex brand that i buy at walmart and it seems to work great.
As far as the wrtting software i would recommend nero 5.5.1054
Version 6 has a bug that i have emailed and not got a satisfactory responce from them.
What it does it clips volume labels if they exceed the 8-11 character limit.
They told me to change the character set which i did but the end result is the same sill clips the dam volume lables where 5.5.1054 does not.
Also when you bebuild the compilation make sure you use Dvd Video format and not Udf/iso format.
It seemed to work at first the when the dvd was played back im my player it scipited all over the place in a home player, however powerdvd did not have any problems with it.
Mine is a Rca(vft250) i beleive.
Just going by experience i wasted around a dozen dvd-r’s before i figured out what was going on and it still does not make sence as to why this happenes.