hijacker, You are not alone!!!!
I had the *EXACT* same problems with this drive a few weeks ago. I even exchanged the drive TWICE and still had these major problems with recording quality and speed on all three of them regardless of the firmware version I used. I eventually dumped the p.o.s. and got myself the much
better (albeit slower) PlexCombo drive. I'm never buying another Samsung drive again!
FYI hijacker, you were not lied to about the specs of the drive. Only the retail boxed
Samsung kits have the 8MB buffer. Bare and OEM drives that don't come in a retial box indeed only have a 2MB buffer and Samsung's own literature for the drive clearly states this:
http://www.samsungodd.com/eng/Informati ... .%20en.pdf
It sounds like you bought an OEM version of the drive which is why you only have a 2MB buffer. Most retailers automatically assume that the OEM drive is the same as the retail drive. Unfortunately this is one of those instances where that is not the case. Even big online retailers like NewEgg only recently corrected their listings for the drive when this was brought to their attention a few weeks ago.