vinnie97, they did get it right but I think you just got a dud drive like some people do with other stuff these days.
Ian, I have the Asus DVD-E616P3 OEM drive with the firmware it came with and am trying to flash to the latest. I put in a request at the Firmware Page for an OEM-to-retail flasher and then I'll be able to flash to the latest firmware. It seems to work fine so far for CD-Rs and it played a "Matrix: Revolutions" fine in PowerDVD5. I've been using EAC to rip music off some bad CD-Rs and sometimes it rips a song that my Lite-On DVD SOHD 16P9S did not; I haven't tried it the other way 'round yet though.
SKAARJMASTERDUO: WinXPSP3,C2D E8600,Gigabyte EP45-UD3P,4GB RAM,Nvidia GTX-280,Pioneer DVR-216D,BenQ DW1655,Asus E818A3T.
DRAGONSLAYER (bye): WinXPSP3,P4 3.2,Asus P4800-Deluxe,3GB RAM,Radeon 9800Pro 256MB,LG GH22LP20,Asus E616P3,Lite-On LTR-52327S.