no, the purchases were from different vendors. i purchased my 109 from dealsonic.com along with my plumax external enclosure. i tried the new firmware updates, various burning software, and different media, external vs internal setup, without success in compatibility with my laptop drive, although it was read without errors on all other dvd-rom drives and standalone players i tried. in trying all these things, i went past my 14 day policy for dealsonic, but they accepted it and gave me an RMA with a restocking fee.
since dealsonic did not have any 108's left, i went elsewhere to find it and i have been very satisfied with my new 108.