I'm thinking about getting a 1640. I came across this. What do other BenQ users think?
Don't try to install Windows XP with this unit
Benq DW1640=You canâ€™t install Windows XP SP2
This past week, I build two nearly identical systems, one for myself and one for my Dad. Both contained the Benq DW1640 as the sole media drive. Neither would install Windows XP SP2 from the fully legit Microsoft manufactured OEM disks, purchased from Newegg. Immediately after the network configuration portion of the install process, the Windows Installer would flash a file dialog box in my face and ask for the location of the D:\i386 directory. For all those who donâ€™t know, that is the path on the install CD where all the Windows cab files are kept. In short, it was telling me it couldnâ€™t find any install source materials on the CD. I flashed both drives to the latest firmware in my old rig, and got the same results.
The nature of the 2x2 test pretty well eliminated all other components as the possible source of failure. I swapped a lot of parts back and forth between these two rigs trying to isolate the source of failure. Finally, in disgust, I pulled an older LiteOn SOWH-1653 drive out of my old rig, and installed it in my new rig. 17 minutes later my new rig was up and running Windows XP SP2 perfectly. I moved the LiteOn to my Dadâ€™s rig, and 17 minutes after that, his rig was running Windows XP. Because I am a glutton for punishment, I tried installing Windows again with my NEC ND-3540. The results with the NEC were even better. It took about 12 minutes to reinstall Windows.
In summary, the Benq DW1640 has fundamental flaws. The inability to read Windows OEM disks disqualifies this one from consideration. Pirates like this drive because it rips extremely well, but I can testify that this drive doesnâ€™t have what it takes to be your do-it-all, every-day drive. You are a lot better off with the LiteOn 1693S or the NEC ND-3540.