Solution for GWA-4164B problems

Recently I have joined this forum in an attempt to resolve an apparent problem with my DVD drive which is an HL-DT-ST DVDRRW GWA-4164B, at least this is the info supplied by NERO INFOTOOLS and apparent confirmed by System Configuration.
It appear that this unit has been fitted in a number of renown PC manufactures.
The problem I had was that the drive did not appear to accept disc produced by other PC’s.
The firmware of the unit was 1.01 and NEC, the manufacture of my PC, have informed me that there is not an update. But searching the net I have found that other PC manufactures appear to have a different version for the drive.
Check this site I see that there have been a number of queries about the drive but no seems to have resolved there problems with GWA-4164B.
The LG website does not list any drives not even a drive recently purchased.

Thus I would like to know if anyone has found a solution


the generic solution would be to replace that drive (which is known to be unreliable) by something better.