I don't know if this is a normal issue that you should expect, or a abnormal issue that LiteOn can fix:
For about a month my DVD-writer has not been able to read my DVD-RWs. I suspected that by trying to use the DVD-RWs in Linux, it may have corrupted the disc. At times it would read the folder structure, but would take an abnormal amount of time to do so. Recently it stopped reading DVDs altogether, all the time reading CDs & writing DVDs just fine.
I changed the IDE cable connected to the drive, & tried the other port on my motherboard. I exchanged the drive thinking that was causing my problem, but oddly the new drive produced the same issue. Nothing seemed to fix the problem, until I simply thought what changes I had made to my computer recently.
I had bought 2 SATA hard drives & a HD cooling fan. SATA HDs probably consume more power than IDE. I unplugged one of my SATA HDs & booted into Windows. It was able to read my DVDs again. I was so happy that they were not corrupt, but upset that the problem was so simple.
I think the problem lies in the firmware, because whenever you insert a disc into the LiteOn SOHW-1633S it makes a bit of noise while loading the disc. Instead of not loading the disc it should be able to share power with my other components.
I don't have another 350W power supply to try in my computer, but I don't think that is the issue. Any feedback or similar occurences on this problem will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!