I followed your instructions, downloaded the firmware from the link above. The 832 VS0G.exe was corrupted when I extracted it. So, I went to codeguys.rp1c.org and found the link and downloaded it. No files corrupted there. Then, I updated the firmware with 832 VS0G that I just extracted. Then reboot my computer. I loaded MediaCodeSpeedEdit and inserted the 16X DVD+R in the burner and found that the media code is supported there. I did a test to burn a DVD movie to see if it works. I use DVD X Copy Platinum. After the DVD movie has been read, the DVD burning process begins. The red light on the burner comes on. At the same time, it has this buzzing sound (like bees) and the disc loading fast and then slow repeatedly, on and off. Then the light turns green and ejects the disc saying disc read error.
Now, I'm trying Nero and it's doing the same thing. There's a red light at first, then maybe 10 minutes later, it's now an orange light. It loads up and then slows down like drive going into idle mode and loads up.
My burner is connected to my laptop via usb 2.0.