Recently I bought around 30 TDK blank DVDs, but, to my surprise, they didn't work. I could actually record some of them, but when finished, my computer wouldn't be able to read the DVDs. With other DVDs, my computer wouldn't be able to even acknowledge their existence in the drive (so I couldn't even so much as record).
I wrote the TDK customer support asking what might be wrong, and they answered me that perhaps it was my firmware that needed updating. I came to the realization that they were correct. I had managed to record 1-8x TDK DVDs before, but the ones I bought were all 1-16x. I hadn't even noticed that. Yes, you could call me a noobie.
Anyways, my DVD-recorder is a NEC ND 2500A. I did an extensive search around the Net not only for firmware but also for posts on fora that would explain how that works. I've come across two problems:
1) Most of the posts are actually old (most of them from 2004 - two years ago); and
2) Most of the links are broken, so I can't follow directions or get an updated firmware
Which leads me to this very post. My questions has probably been answered already, but by reading other people's posts I've come to the conclusion that I shouldn't risk doing anything until I could properly ask and be (properly) answered. One of the reasons is what I read at The Firmware Page:
"These pages are only for advanced users. Bad flashing could destroy your drive definitively. Read carefully the installation notes of your firmware before you upgrade. The Firmware Page and the drive manufacturer can't be responsable on REMEMBER: This is at your own risk!!!!"
That's pretty scary. First of all, I don't know which firmware I should be looking for. Secondly, I don't know where to find it. And thirdly, what if I make a mistake (after reading that I could destroy my drive, I somehow think I'd better get the opinion of someone else on this)? The opinion of many would be even better.
According to Nero Info Tool, my NEC ND 2500A firmware is 1.06, and my reading and recording speed limits are 8x (not 16x like the DVDs I bought). So... guys... anyone... what should I do? Which firmware should I download? Or should I download a firmware? All I want is to be able to record 16x DVDs so my money won't go down the drain - I have over 30 DVDs here, what am I gonna do with them?
I'd really appreciate if anyone could point me in the right direction or voice their opinions on the matter.