I am also having my doubts! The problem with this drive is there are so many "hacked" firmwares...that it is like the little boy who cried "Wolf"
This one's real...no that one's the real one...no this one...It's tiring to read all the different posts and try to make heads or tails out of it. The NEC page does not have a firmware for this drive listed...two days after the supposed "official" firmware was released. I flashed the 2.17 and find no difference from the 2.16...but I do want to flash the "official" when it does come out...so I am most likely going back to 2.16.
Just a small questin regarding write speed:
With any firmware that I've tried so far, when there is no disc in the drive, Nero and Roxio show available speeds of x1 - x6 . Is this normal behavior? When I put a disc in, it shows the current speed for that disk. I don't have any x16 media to test.
I wouldn't worry too much about that. When I insert TDK 4X discs...it says 8X. When I insert Verbatim 4X, it says 4X and when I insert Fujifilm 8X...it reports 16X...and they are the exact burn speeds for DVD+R. Nero and the drive are very media specific...