I know searching is encouraged and I did, didn't find much on this, though.
The situation is, I've owned this burner for a little over a year now but have not burned any DVDs to this day. Today, I finally decided to buy a spindle of 16x Dynex DVD-Rs (rebadged Riteks) and to burn some stuff with them. I realize these may not be the best DVDs in the world, but I used them all the time on other machines no problem, so they shouldn't be the cause of this problem. I try to burn in Nero and just get an "Illegal disc, cannot start disc-at-once" error immediately, and then the burn process fails before it even starts. On top of that, it's only trying to burn at 2.4x instead of 8x (the drive's max speed).
This is probably due to these discs being made a year after I bought the drive, and I probably just have to update my firmware. However, upon downloading the flash util for 1.0A from NEC's website and running it, it just pops up a box that says "Target NEC ND-2500A is not found correctly," and then the program closes.
Any idea what's wrong and how I can update my firmware?