Any input from those who have the newer 24B1ST drive would be appreciated. I bought this drive this week from Newegg and noticed some odd things right away…
1.) The back of the drive is not like others 24B1ST 's I have seen. The connectors in the back no longer have the “2 little metal clips” which several of my friends have.
2.) It has the new 1.04 firmware which will not show jitter with the 47716 SE Cd-Speed, unlike firmware 1.03 does.
3.) The metal panel on the back of the drive is Yellow instead of Beige like the older 24B1ST drives.
4.) I searched around on the web regarding the 1.04 firmware (because I wanted to cross-flash it to a iHAS-324) and found a post on different forum stating they could not cross-flash this drive now that it had the 1.04 firmware, and they bricked the drive. Also, the ASUS website does not have a 1.04 firmware to download, just the 1.03.
Do you guys think it is possible that ASUS could be using a newer MediaTek chipset or worse, changed all newer 24B1ST’s to an NEC chipset or another drive type ??? I am a little leery to cross-flash now, given these oddities.