I have noticed over the last few months that whenever Plextor releases a firmware upgrade for the 708A it appears on the Japanese site well before the US site. In the recent case of fw 1.05 it never showed up on the US site before it was pulled.
Now, we have fw 1.06. It has been up on the Japanese site for several days, but it has yet to show up on the US site.
I sent email to Plextor US support. They only say that they have not tested the firmware for US support.
Does Plextor build a burner so different bewteen the US and Japanese market such that the firwmare does not work correctly on both machines? Does it have to be tested in the US and in Japan.
This sounds really screwy to me. Plextor US says use fw 1.06 at your own risk because it is not supported yet.
If the machines are the same, why in the world not release the firmware everywhere. If the machines are different then why not either
a) fix the firmware so that Japanese firmware will only install on a Japanese machine.
b) not release any new firmware until all versions have been tested