@ Code, 16x reads caused really bad quality 6 minute 8x +R writes, while 12x reads caused really good quality 7 minute 8x +R writes.
However, none of this was sideways.
Wow, this new Lite-on drive is really working out well for me. So, they are advertised to run on the right side??? That is exactly what I need. You see, my little case has two possibilities for ventilation:
1) Put all of the hot air into the power supply
2) Put all of the hot air into the inexpensive and silent (Danielized) slot cooler (you know, that $4 add-on thing that expells video card heat right out of the nearby PCI slot?).
Well, I can guess which one is a better idea.
If the Lite-On can sit on its right side, then my power supply isn't forced to eat hot air.
Hooray!! This Lite-On has been a really trouble free and very pleasant experience. There was one exception. When it forced it to 16x reads, it made terrible burns. However, when I "went through the motions" again and forced it to 12x reads, its beautiful quality returned.
I have not yet gotten up the courage to try a burn sideways.
I've got to hear from someone who's running a sideways Lite-On before I go that far. If the unit was mediocre, I'd sure try it. But, as it beats the quality of my BenQ's and writes far faster, I'm going to "baby" this one.
P.S. Are 2 minute (after lead) CD burns normal??? Is lots of air supposed to be blasting out of every conceivable crevice (inside the computer and outside the computer) whenever I insert a CD??? This is very entertaining! I think it's nuts! But, I really like it. So, is it unique (like a lucky manufacturing error?), or does every Lite-On owner enjoy this performance?