I believe you that you didn’t have any problems, and in general I agree with your comments. There is also the fact that most people that will post comments are people with problems – if the drive works well for someone, that person doesn’t have much reason to post after all.
But what surprised me was that people with experience were commenting about problems with this drive, some of these people in fact own other LiteOn drives and like them very much. Some people actually wrote that they own multiple burners, so they have working experience with burners to be able to compare the quality/problems with other drives.
Using bad media could be a problem too. But if this drive so particularly picky about the media, it is not a small problem, as the media is not exactly inexpensive.
I myself was really hoping to keep the drive, especially since reviews here and elsewhere were rather good. But I just don’t want to risk it as I definitely don’t have enough knowledge or time to solve problems with possible conflicting programs, drivers etc. Hey, if the store doesn’t take it back I may have to keep it…
I would love to hear from people that are using this drive and had no problems using it or installing it. If any of you read this, can you please add a reply?