I just got this drive. It came with the 1.03 firmware and I tried to flash to the new 1.04. The error message I received was "Drive name does not match".
Received a reply from ASUS:
"Dear Custom :
Thank you for contacting ASUS Customer Service.
My name is Penny and I would be assisting you today.
Before you update to firmware v1.04, please make sure the device is the master and only device connecting to the IDE cable, and it works in PIO mode(you could change it in device manager) and the system didn't install any virtual CD-ROM software.
Please enter our website and download the firmware again: http://www.asus.com.tw/support/download/item.aspx?ModelName=DVD-E616P2&Type=Latest"
I tried this and it didn't work for me.
I bought my drive from NewEgg as an OEM. The name ASUS doesn't show up on the drive anywhere, nor in Device Manager. It is listed as a DVD E616P2 in DM, and not as an ASUS DVD E616P2, which is what I think the firmware is looking for. I've changed the device name on an older drive with a hacked firmware upgrade, but it involves using a hex editor which I haven't done in years.
Any suggestions or links? Thanks for any replies!