I bought a new Dell in October. You may know XPSs and some or all Dimensions no longer have IDE on the MB. To my shock, when I went to order new SATA burners, there was no selection at all. So I waited and finally Newegg listed the Liteon SH-16A7S. I ordered it and it is practically useless. Nero 7 won't burn faster than 4x on the Verbs my old Benqs did at 16x. Plus Nero will often freeze or crash. In addition, it wouldn't read a DVD faster than 2x! There seem to be a lot of bad reviews for the drive, so I looked for new firmware, and even now there is none available.
So, what's the story with the firmware?
Also, in Device manager, it shows the drive configured as UDMA5 which it is not rated for. I wonder if this is part of the problem. If so, anyone know where to patch the registry or whatever to force it to UDMA2, for example? I've reinstalled with no change.
FWIW, I added a Samsung and its working a lot better but still a few issues.