I think my firmware needs to be updated. I have a NEC 3450A. The first sony disc I ever burned was an 8x disc, and then yesterday I put in a 4x disc and it gave me the option to burn at 8x, so I did. The DVD burned flawlessly and works great. The problem I have though, is that I have some 8x Benq discs and the first ever benq disc I put in was only 4x, and none of the programs I have (Sonic Record now, Alcohol 120%, Nero 6) will burn it higher than 4x. Also, my Drive it a +-R burner, but it won't read +R DVD's, but they still burn well (I have a DVD-ROM drive too). Should I update my firmware? I've never done it before, is it easy?