I have a IBM thinkpad T42 laptop hooking up to a external (via USB 2) NEC 3500A DVD burner. The firmware is stock.
I read that the manuf. limits ripping to 2.5x or something. This does take quite a while to rip/burn a DVD so I'd like to upgrade the firmware to 2.17 or something and remove this "limitation" so I can rip faster.
Question 1: Which version of hack (should I use hack or original 2.17?) should I use for this purpose?
Question 2: Since it's hooked up via USB, I can't flash via pure DOS mode (no usb recognition in DOS) and I only have a laptop so can't connect the DVD drive in any other way. How "safe" is window flashing? What are the success rate upgrading via window mode?
Question 3: If flashing from windows, which software (flasher) will I need to do this?