I received this reply from Brother Vlad
From the strings within the ROM image
_NEC DVD_RW ND-2500A 1.062003121900
_NEC DVD_RW ND-2500A 1.062004010800
First Drive 19-Dec-2003, Second Drive 8-Jan-2004
NEC is back to their old habit of releasing slight varients of their
firmware. The second one is the version on NEC’s German site over the
weekend, www.cdrinfo.com refered to this as 1.08, but it is 1.06.
We should probably patch and posted the newest one.
So it’s not a DOS Flasher issue, but rather really different versions.
And here is my reply/findings
Hi Brother Vlad,
Thank you very much. Actually the so called v1.08 dated 8-Jan-2004 seems
to be worse than the “original” v1.06.At least I did experience some problems
with 1.08, namely
- Got a write error in Nero 22.214.171.124 when trying to write 4X +RW (RicohW11)
- Second attempt finished OK, but media was unreadable in same drive!
- Same media from 2) was readable in first drive. However I had major slowdowns
(bad transferrate test).
I decided to flash my new/second drive with the “real” 106 firmware (actually
the patched one with the rip speed lock removed from your site). Now the
drive works like a charm - just like my first drive.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that this new 1.08 firmware might be quite
Once again, thank you.