I may exchange for the 3520, or a Pioneer 108. I posted here in hope that someone would convinve me to keep the drive, as I havent mailed it yet. Look at the burns attached below - exact same file, on Mini DVD Ritek G04, at 4X speed...
Guess which burn is which :a
The NEC burn will not play in my console.
I know the G02's I'm using, are cheap. They are branded Riteks, and seem to do well once I zeroed in on the right BIOS for the BENQ. I'm using them for B-grade VCD movies I've been putting on DVD. Next time I buy, I will be getting a better quality media.
As far as being patient goes, I am patient - but there are no guarentees that the issues with the 3540 will ever be worked out. Its not a matter of patience, its a matter of risk. I have tried liggy and dee, (1.W4), and while I was initially pleased, I began getting failed burns, so I reverted back to the original BIOS.