I have a lite on 5005 for about six months with no problems . I have dvd+rw and dvd+ or minus with no problems recording from cable. It depends what your paying - I got the 5005 at compusa with a rebate for a little over 100 on presidents day sale in february. You may have to update the firmware which I have not done in a few months. You are better off using brand name media not cheap media for the best results. I think it is just a 4x drive but that does not matter when recording off your cable. Hope this helps you a little. I am sure you can do a search for more info on cd-freaks forum.
Thats where i got info that freaked me out that it lasted only < 2 months. I have a VCR lasted over 4 years and still running fine. Thats what im purchasing to replace the VCR. I guess i cant donate the VCR to goodwill yet.
Clearly the issue HAS NOT been resolved. Regarding how much of a chance you are taking, the answer to some degree depends on the return/credit policy of the retailer you purchased from.
So far, I have been very lucky. I have not had any of the drive problems that have been so well documented here. I have owned my LVW5005 now for over 4 months. I have updated to the latest FW, have implemented the 3Hr and MV hacks and am overall very satisfied. Mine has an older DDW411s drive, which is possibly one of the reasons I have fewer problems.
But too many have had problems. If I did not already own one, I would not buy one based on what I now know about the experience of others. If your retailer has a liberal return/credit policy I don’t think you are taking much of a risk. But I would not recommend that you get into an endless loop of RMAs.
Personally — I would say unless you really need the MacroVision tape copying ability – it’s not really worth it to buy one right now, there are just too many problems. My first one worked for about 4 months before it began having problems, and my second started exhibiting the same problems (though I think I have found out how to “produce” these problems in the machine now more quickly to see if the drive problems exist) in the first few hours of usage. I am in the endless loop of RMA’s as we speak, and it’s not fun.
I have had mine since November '04 (Mfr’d Sep 04) and created and watched MANY a DVD on it before it started having media trouble in April. It is still working great right now on 1 media that I use. But to avoid restricting myself to one media I replaced the DDW-451s burner with a LiteON SOHW-832s burner only because of the RMA stories heard (2,3,4,5,6 times). So I ordered a LiteOn 1693s burner to replace the 832S in my PC. The final cost of the 1693s after the store $30 credit for getting their charge card is $25.99 only a little more than RMA’ing my 5005 back to LiteON and I will not be without it for the periods that others have mentioned.
If it ever breaks after warranty and I can’t fix it because it was not burner problems I would buy another one!