I have successfully modded my wii (wiikey.. self install) and have become and expert at backing up/burning games. Now I'm ready to delve into something a bit more intense. I have a 360 premium that was manufactured on 2006-7-15. It has a Hitachi drive in it, and the manufacturing date suggests that it does not have the 79FK/FL firmware. I was led to believe this from (DVD Drive Database). No drives within my month of 360 have the fk/fl firmware. I have a Sony Vaio Laptop, with a Pioneer DVD-K17 burner. It burns DL disks. I also have a 20 pack of Verbatim black DL disks. After reading this thread I think that I can simply flash my firmware and I'll be good to go. Is this true? Do I need to get some crazy 'passkey' or other kind of modchip to be able to flash my DVD drive in my 360? Will my Pioneer DVD-K17 be able to burn the 360 disks correctly? I read that the recommended drive is a DVR-117.. Mine seems to be the mobile version. Any confirmation on this? Now, I also need to have the tools necessary to actually flash my drive. Here lies an issue. My girlfriend has a Dell computer that I would be able to install a Silicon Image SATA controller into, but I have found.. this. A mod service. I could send my 360 into them, and they will flash my firmware for me, for 60 dollars (+ $??? Shipping). Is it worth it? Or should I just buy the SATA controller ($25 Shipped), Xeno ($44 Shipped)? Thank you everyone for your time!