Well the replacement 1620 arrived today earlier than expected and after
some acclimatizing (2hrs), i decided to have a play. First thing that caught my eye was a behemoth of a drive 1/2 inch longer that my Liteons.
Size doesn't matter right!!! Installation was as smooth as silk with XP Pro
and service pack 2 including all current updates, seeing the drive as OEM
with Firmware G7H9.
I've attached some scans using the original firmware,followed by G7P9 and
finally B7P9 using different media. Need to continue testing before i can give
the thumbs up/down on this new baby.