I have a new (week old) NEC 2500 drive. Black OEM, not that that should make any difference.
The one major problem it has is with CD-RW. Today I needed to burn onto a CD-RW disk, so I inserted a disk (Yamaha) and erased it using Nero (18.104.22.168). No problem. Burned my files to it, no problems reported.
However, when I then tried to read the discs… nothing. Windows Explorer locks up until the disk is ejected. Tried inserting it into a Sony CD-RW with the same results.
Tried another CD-RW, again a Yamaha branded one, and again the probelm occurred.
Also tried both Herrie’s beta 5 software and the stock 1.07.
PS There is NO packet writing software installed.