[quote=OneSickPup;1994472] and if you really feel frisky you can add this to your basket:
and crossflash it to a Lite-on DH-20A3P. Two Lite-on’s shipped for $50.[/quote]
Don’t have any experience with that model Lite-On but I just built 2 new Dual Core Intel PCs for a business and put 4 of those Optiarcs in them. Figured, Sony was decent, NEC was decent, these should be OK. This was a business machine with light duty.
Well, they were whonky. They wouldn’t even read and load the Nero Essentials disk that came with them. Just froze up the PC. When they read they were fine. When they didn’t, and that was about 25% of the time, they were unbelievably awful. The shop had trouble believing it as they had good success with the Optiarcs but that was the 7170 model.
Swapped them out for Lite-Ons and the problem went away. I’d say BEWARE the 7190. If it was only 1 I’d just think it was a lemon but this was 4 of them, all funky. There’s a whole long thread in the NEC forum about some of them having reading problems. Maybe this is that problem rearing it’s ugly head again.