Samsung SH-182D (SH-182F it appears to be now) <— The Problem[/quote]Maybe you ordered a 182D, but you received a 182F, which is a slightly different drive? You might remove the drive and have a look onto the sticker that is on top of the drive.
Basically, it is possible to flash 182D (or similar) firmware on a 182F, but since hardware is different, such is not a good idea.
Another reason for your problems might be the controller (or its drivers) your drive is connected to. Make sure, the IDE controller is configured to “IDE” mode and try Windows default drivers.