I have had two both a GAS-4040B and GSA 4081B. The first failed after 6 months. The second, which was a replacement for the first, also failed after 6 months. Both units failed in the same way. They read fine, but when attempting to write they return a “drive busy” indication. Since my one year warranty is up, LG wants me to pay for repair. I think that putting money into a product with such a lousy reliability record would be sheer foolishness, to say it mildly. It appears to me that their chip set must have a frequent failure mode, which I experienced, and I have no interest in being burned again by a manufacturer of unreliable products. However, I am interested in knowing if any other LG users have had similar experiences.
Since I am now looking to purchase a new DVD writer, I am understandably soured on the LG products. Of course, the LG line, particularly, when they come out with bit setting, certainly has good specs, but there seem to be good alternatives. I am new to this club, but am delighted that I stumbled upon it. In the short time I have been looking at the forums, I have found very useful information to keep me from buying one of the new models such as the ND 3500A or Pioneer DVR-108D that have no Bit Setting. If I read one of the other threads correctly the BenQ DW1620 now has as high a speed as any of the other brands and also includes bit setting. I’ll look a little further before buying.
Since this is the LG forum, I would like to know if anyone else has experienced the kind of failures that I have with the LG products.