I got the 1004 a few weeks ago and was very happy with it all along, apart from it being unable to write certain DVD+R media (labeled as SKY, never was able to get an MID with DVDInfoPro) at speeds higher than 1x and writing the DVD+RW that came with the Drive. the SKY DVDs burned at 1x were only readable by the BTC drive too.
the real problems started when the drive suddenly refused to delete data from a CD-RW (labeled BASF), which it had done only a week before.
shortly after it started to refuse to read the SKY media (successfully burned and used in that drive).
all that sounded to me like enough reason to update the drives firmware. I got the 0049 from here and updated. after the update the 1004 was unable to read any DVD media (neither the SKY DVD+R burned on this very drive, nor other DVD+/-R media labeled as 'Verbatim', also burned on the drive, nor store bought movie DVDs).
after a bit of reading, I decided that I should try a F/W by The Dangerous Brothers. versions 0043, 0045, 0047, 0048, 0049 did no good at all.
sadly enough this didn't help either.
no matter what I did, the problem of not reading any DVDs remained.
so now I'm pretty much at a loss what to do and really hope someone can throw a few ideas at me how to fix this.
any help greatly appretiated and thanks in advance.
edit: forgot to mention that the drive still burns and reads CD-Rs/audio CDs.