Yesterday I had the opportunity to open up the 4824 and 5232 Plextors to compare them. The hardware inside is totally same! except for some minor not so important details like hole in the back for cooling on the 5232, different tray (without two holes on the 5232). Today I have downloaded firmware for 4824 and 5232 and compared it. In the binary firmware of 5232 1.02 I have found the following: PLEXTOR CD-R PX-W4824A (and in the firmware of 4824 1.04 this: PLEXTOR CD-R PX-W4012AHP ) what means that they are all the same drive just different firmware! I dont have the 4824 as I have replaced it for 5232 to try but you just have to ask some hacker to disable the drive check routine in the PXUpdate program so it will let any firmware to flash and I am pretty sure you will end up with an Premium 5232 drive which has some sweet features such as GigaRec and SecuRec technology.
There may be one difference in the hardware and that is the 8Mb buffer that the Premium has versus the I think 4MB that the older drives do but this may not be necessarily a problem.
So hack that PXUpdate and off you go…
Anyone can hack PXUpdate ?