Well, after much grunting and cursing, I'm officially declaring success!
I would wholeheartedly recommend that anyone that's on the fence use TheBelcherMan's DOS method
in the original how-to thread. I think I ran into every problem imaginable, but finally got through it.
Just a few "gotcha's" that I ran into, and the problem solvers:
- I used the DOS method because I'm running Windows 10, and didn't feel like finding an ISO.
- My new HTPC would allow me to set the drives to IDE. I had to pull out an old one put the UHD friendly drive in it, and go from there
- Find your mobo manual, and make sure you're plugged into the primary SATA slot. Otherwise you can run DOSFlash as many times as you want, and it'll never find the drive
- Make sure you know what the "Boot menu" hotkey is for you (mine is F8 for Asus), this will save headaches
- Step 14 was a little confusing for me. Note that it's asking for 3 file names: first is the file you made (103.bin if you use his example, second is the file you downloaded "flash_HL-DT-ST-BD-RE...bin", the third is the name you want to use for yours. DOS may concatonate your name on you, so I recommend something short (Doug.bin) that you can remember.
I HTH, but if you run into problems feel free to ask. I don't know if I would ever have figured this out w/o all the help I had here.