I have a Philips PCRW1208, and it does exactly the same thing. I think that the drive's electronics just create more heat than most drive electronics do. I don't think anything's wrong with your drive.
You mean your writer get warm without use it, is that right ?
Personal, i don`t think the electronics of the drive warms up so much even i don`t use it.
It is strange to me, because the heatsink of the proc is colder than writer.
I don`t know what to say, i think the electronics of the writer is broken-down.
Oh, one other thing that I just remembered; some older writers actually used to need fans because their electronics got so hot; it could be that the PCRW1208 has a new enough chipset that it doesn't need a fan, but it has an old enough chipset that it still gets pretty hot.
Yes, my drive still works.
I never heard before now a writer get hot in that way (without use it), that i think it`s broken.
I`m afraid in a few days the writer will become o toaster.
Should i put a cooler on it ?