Well, Fluxburn, I feel your pain, although I bought my 716a for $122, and it’s only used for ripping (no riplock), as it scans wayyyyyyyyyy to slowly, and I felt the write strats could have been better. Plextor has really kicked itself in the head several times with either very lax q/a, lackluster customer service, and stopped being the company it once was. I’ve kicked myself many times for not doing a little more research, or I would gotten a much better LiteOn 1693s, for example. Just do what I do now, and really dig for reviews, especially anything problematic about a certain model, and just be patient. Hey, at least you can crossflash that 740a to the BenQ1640, and at least use the BSLB firmware, which seems to be the most stable and consistent f/w for that unit (although I’m having good results with BSPB).