Liteon 1673 DVD Writer Problem


I have been having problems with my liteon 1673 inernal DVD writer. It has been failing randomly through out the disc’s. Initially I was using the firmware that came with the drive and then I found a firmware update for it on the liteon website and it still keeps failing. I thought it was a problem with windows xp so i formated the machine and re-installed xp sp2. still did not work so i formated the machine again and installed xp with out any service packs. Then i thought there was a hardware issue with the machine so I took the writer to work a put it into my machine there and tested it. The machine at work is running ubuntu 6.10.
I am using verbatim 16x DVD-R disc’s…
Thanks for any help.