Scary. What is up with the prevelance of A.D.D.? People post and inspect instantaneous responses? And during a holiday period when people have more important things to deal with? Just scary.
First of all, the tray on a BenQ DW1640 or DW1650 (and their rebadged equivalents) becoming stuck is one of the more common problems that can plague those drives. The most common issue is the fact that people are impatient, and they keep pushing the button too quickly in succession when the door doesn’t open the first time, thereby causing it to never open. Usually, when it fails to open the first time, if you allow the drive to fully complete it’s first door open attempt, which can take up to 10 seconds, and then only after the drive has stopped completely do you push the button again, it usually opens on the second attempt.
Second, before even thinking about the idea of cross-flashing, why don’t you try upgrading the official Sony firmware on the drive? All people around here do is run around talking about “CROSS-FLASH! CROSS-FLASH! CROSS-FLASH!”, like chickens with their heads cutoff, but cross-flashing is not always the best idea. Some of the rebadged BenQ drives work BETTER with their original firmware.
Third, if you are going to cross-flash, then make damn sure you know EXACTLY which rebadged BenQ drive you actually have. The DRU-810A can be either a DW1640 or DW1650, and the only way to tell the difference is by looking at the label on the drive. If the model number is “DRU-810A-R”, with that extra “-R” on the end, then you have a DW1650. If the model number on the drive label (it doesn’t matter what it says anywhere else) simply says DRU-810A, with no “-R”, then you have a DW1640.
Fourth, Samsung drives are generally SLOW AS MOLASSES as readers and rippers, without lots of hacking and patching of their firmware. I don’t know what sort of delusion one needs to be under to think they are fast. They are NOT. They can be made faster, with the aforementioned patching, but they are not default speed demons. Not even close. Even with the patching, they still don’t have anything on Lite-Ons or BenQs.