I purchased my NEC 2510a and have gotten great enjoyment out of it, and though it might not have been the fastest thing on the block but it sure backed up nice large chunks of data and was as reliable as a metronome.
Recently a friend says to me, “You know, your drive is capable of burning faster if you flash your firmware.” And so begins my accelerating hairloss.
I began (logically enough) with the latest firmware from NEC directly. Flashed it, no hitches, glitches or complaints. I proceeded to dump some data to DVD as I’ve done many upon many times and it writes OK. Since I’ve never had a problem with the drive or media or anything I’ve burned, I faithfully assumed everything was A-OK. Alas, since the ROM update, this drive seems to be blind in one eye or something. IT can no longer read any DVD its written previously, or the new the one its writes. The disks read fine on other computers in other DVD burners and drives (alas, the NEC 2510a is the soul drive in my system here), but the drive that wrote them simply can’t read them any more. This began what is now a 4-day session of searching for firmwares and reflashing in the hopes that ONE of them will restore the functionality that I had before listening to my friend instead of adhering to the wisdom, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
So, I would say, oh well how quirky and install another DVD-ROM drive to read what my NEC 2510a no longer can – but then I consider all the open session disks in which I was collecting data and want to pull out my little remaining hair. I’ll have crap spread all over creation and how elegant THAT would be!
The point at last – if anyone has encountered this problem and knows of a solution I would dance a merry jig to know it.
Since I’m not remotely savvy about firmware, just let me know what information you need and I will try my best to provide it.
Reasons I am not wise:
1: I didn’t note the starting firmware revision number.
2: I didn’t back up the original firmware before flashing.
3: In the quest for a solution I’ve tried many firmware variants discussed on various forums on this board… I have no idea if I’ve inadvertantly caused damage (though I’ve followed all instruction to the letter, and never interrupted a flash and have generated no errors - not to mention, the drive still burns disks that any other drive (except itself) can read).
4: I didn’t throttle my friend the last time I saw him. :a