UPDATE: Scroll down to my 11-02-2004 post for a happy conclusion. It turns out I had a bad hard drive, rather than a bad NEC burner.
After my first few tests, I was quite happy with this drive. It worked right out of the box with stock 1.06 firmware and I double-verified 5 discs(with Recordnow DX and DVDInfoPro). I also did a full movie play test and it was perfect on my player (with Ritek G04).
Then, on burn #6 it just stopped halfway through (just over 2GB). The light went off on the drive and I could hear what sounded like scratching (or excessive seeking) and it locked up, then spontaneously rebooted the the system (WinXP SP1).
I double-checked everything and uninstalled/re-installed the drive and IDE controller, then tried another burn and the same thing happened.
After that, I realized I should try some simulation burn tests instead of wasting media. Anyway, the same problem occured in simulation in Recordnow DX and Nero.
Needless to say, I’ve just shipped it back (at my own expense) to Newegg for a replacement.
Is quality control a dirty word these days? I was just starting to like the drive…