Since hardly anyone has mentioned anything about this drive, i’ll chip in with a few comments.
I bought a GO-W0808A a couple of weeks ago and so far haven’t had any problems with it whatsoever. After owning a BTC 1004IM several months ago and having endless problems with it, i’ve regained some of my faith in DVD Writers.
Installation as Master on secondary IDE was painless and was detected and up and running with no problems. Gigabytes website has no listed firmwares as yet, so i’m using the one shipped with the drive.
As far as types of DVD media used so far, i’ve tried:
Imation 4X DVD+R
Mitsubishsi 4X DVD-R
Princo 4X DVD-R
Melody 2.4X DVD+RW
All of the discs have burnt fine with no problems reading back any of the discs and even my old settop DVD player, that states cannot play DVD-R, +RW and -RW, plays DVD movies that are burnt to the Princo -R discs.
The Melody +RW discs, however, have never worked well in the older DVD player.