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Going by the price after rebate, you seem to have done well. Just out of curiosity, have you given the included DVD+RW (or some other format besides DVD-R) a try? From my experience with the Lite-On LVW-1105HC+, I have been able to play all four disc types (DVD+R/RW & DVD-R/RW) in at least five different PC drives (3xDVD-ROM drives, Lite-On 1693s DVDÂ±RW and BenQ DW1650 DVDÂ±RW) as I done a review on this model.
Finally, just make sure the disc is finalised (not required for DVD+RW). To do this, go into the 'Disc Tools' menu and select 'Finalize'. If I attempt to load a non-finalised disc in any of my PC's DVD-ROM drives, the PC spends a while attempting to read it before giving up, however I never seen the PC actually lock up / freeze by attempting to play a DVD (regardless of its content or whether it is finalised). Just in case it is the default DVD playback software at fault, try loading the disc while holding down the shift key (keep it held for at least 10 seconds after loading the disc) and then try getting PowerDVD to play the idsc. Finally if this does not work, just to rule out a codec issue, try loading a regular movie DVD. :rolleyes: