Hi guys, I had to buy this drive over the weekend as I still having problems with reading.
Anyway bought this drive (2nd time around) and tried it out for a trial run using DVDx 1.8a.
For people who don't know what the program is it rips DVD's and converts them to VCD/SVCD format which can burned using Nero. Well I ripped and encoded a short movie I had at home (58 mins) and waited for my dvd/pc to do it's work. After only 1hr 19 mins (real time) I had a backup of my DVD on a CD as a VCD.
If you haven't tried this before try it with your LTD163 and the freeware program DVDx 1.8a.
My pc specs are: 1.8ghz Athlon CPU, 512 DDR ram with 40GB Seagate Barracuda HDD (7,200rpm)