Hmmm… This makes me wonder… RPC1.org lists ‘AN16’ as the most recent firmware for the 4163B, but as a ‘NEC OEM’ drive. I wonder if firstly, this firmware is fully compatable and secondly, would it support quality testing as NEC have indeed implemented this before due to customer pressure…
OK then, being the adventerous and care-free person that I am, let’s give it a go, firsty, I’m d/loading the firmware from http://121ware.com/support/download/005/4163an16.exe
There - got it - my first question is, will the loader recognise my drive as being valid for this firmware…???
YES!!! It does allow me to upgrade!
OK - here goes nothing… (I’d better cut/paste this post to a text file as I’ll have to re-boot when the upgrade is finished, brb!)
Right! I’m back!!!
After a slightly worrying re-boot, (my 'puter refused to boot into windows first time round, probably unrelated), everything seems OK; the drive was detected and installed by WinXP after another re-boot and appears to be working perfectly.
Now… to test the disk quality test capability…
Unsucessfull with Nero CD-DVD Speed The ‘Start’ button is greyed out on the Disk Quality tab, (whereas with the LG firmware, it would allow me to start the test but would immediately stop with an error).
Hmmm… I note the firmware hack mentioned elsewhere - I’ve removed HL-DST from the ‘Blocked’ list but Start is still greyed out…
I can at least conform that the NEC OEM firmware is compatable so feel free to test away - I’ll also post an RPC1 patched version of AN16 when I have tome to hack the firmware