Ever since I joined this forum about a year ago, I noticed that most of the Blank Media crew have BenQ DW 16?? series drives, used for scanning.
It gives them the ability to get things like Jitter and PO Failure reporting in their Quality Scans, seems to open up a new tab "Advanced Disc Quality" for more tests in Nero CD DVD/Disc speed. It makes me slightly jealous.
Now, in my sig, there are details of 3 drives that I currently own. Of these, the Sammy coasters every DVD burn I attempt with it, and putting Verbs in the LG is a recipe for getting PI rates that are about twice what they should be, and dramatically worse than my trusty new NEC 7203A (which makes great burns )
So my question is twofold.
1) As I write this, there are a few BenQ DVD drives up for grabs on Ebay http://search.ebay.ie/search/search.dll?from=R40&_trksid=m37&satitle=BenQ+DVD
(I haven't seen them elsewhere in Europe recently). Would any of them (in particular the Dell SATA one) be good for advanced/enthusiast use?
2) I've read on these forums about people crossflashing drives with firmware from not only different models, but in some cases firmware for another drive manufacturer/line altogether.
Would it be possible/sane to crossflash my Sammy (it's burning days are over and I've got very little to lose if anything goes wrong) with some version of BenQ DW 16?? firmware? And where would I find the requisite firmware and flashing software?