Looks like my best route is to leave the firmware alone since there is not a varified method to modify the drive to Region Free. After reading the LiteOn 811S threads I see no advantage.
Installed AnyDVD from SlySoft. Since the drive is still set to the manufacture settings and I have not played or recorded anything the drive is still RPCII and no region code has been embedded. AnyDVD messages that it is unable to read a retail movie and a backup for this reason. Disc types are Region 1 and NTSC. Additionally, WinXPSP1 Explorer, will not recognize the two discs while AnyDVD is running. However, when AnyDVD is disabled the two discs are recognized. Seeing no advantage with AnyDVD at this point I uninstalled AnyDVD till a later date when the Region Code is embedded.
Now, I am running tests using Nero 6 Tools. Currently, the CD-DVD Speed Tool is in progress. Does not look good. The transfer rate test is 0.98 and graphicaly it is falling. I am using a SkyMedia blank 4X DVD-R disc. When the test is finished I will use a TDK blank 4X DVD+R disc. Hopefully, the transfer rate test will be better. It may be the better part of the day before I am finished with the tests. Any suggestions along the way would be appreciated.
I thank you kindly for your comments. Cdfreaks has proved to be valuable source of information and I hope to contribute in some way whenever possible.