Excellent news guys!
Thanks for the info.
I'll give it a shot as soon as I install it.
The OM people forgot to use bubble wrap or other protectant; the drive
was loose in a big shipping box, with nothing at all wrapped around it, except of course the MadDog retail box...
I actually heard a thud when the shipping guy dropped it off; he didn't ring or knock, but I was in the family room and heard it.
I don't think it is worth swapping it out, since you never know what happened to any retail box between production and the time you buy it ; it could drop off a shelf in the store; it could be dropped in the warehouse etc.
It has a 2 year warranty, which is probably a lot longer than I'll keep it anyway...
Plextor PX-716A TLA0304
Plextor PX-716A same TLA
LiteOn 52246S 52X CD-RW
LiteOn 52246S (another)
LiteOn 52327S 52X CD-RW
TDK 40X USB 2.0 CD-RW
TEAC CD-W540E 40X CD-RW