First, we (you + us) would have to be able to find a viable copy of the firmware from your drive. Then we would have to see if it worked with MCSE, which isn't guaranteed to be compatible (and has been effectively discontinued, so no drive support would be added if it didn't work).
Outside of that, there are no tools to tweak firmware in such a manner, and you would just have to try a higher quality media when you're forced to use that optical drive. (As Ibex said, it's lower quality, often a fake version of a higher-quality disc model).
To be honest, I am surprised the drive doesn't natively support <4x, which really makes me think it's locked that way for a reason. Since RICOHJPN D01 is so frequently faked, it probably isn't easily supported in firmware.