A friend has the above drive, and has several problems. First, Nero wouldnt recognize it as DVD RW drive (only a CD rom) but a flash/firmware upgrade ftom NRC site to v1.09 solved that. However still will not play a dvd movie to completion. At various points 20-40 minutes in the player and therefore computer freezes. Dispite the firmware upgrade the driver is still the microsoft default CD driver 5.1.2535.0, could this be the issue. Cant find any driver for this(looked at driverguide). The drive can rip with shrink and even burn with nero, yet still cant do a complete playback. This is a clone computer, could it be overheating or some massive incompatability issue. But i wouldnt expect it to work at all then. Plus he's got 1 GB of RAM.