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I have owned 2 Plextor CD/DVD burners (PX-176A & PX-716SA). Spent hours trying to get them to function properly. The few times they acknowledge that there’s even a CD or DVD in the tray, usually end up with “power calibration error”. These drives have been tested with 3 different Mobo’s and more “approved” media brands than I care to admit to purchasing. Did they work when I purchased them? Well, sort of, but nowhere near the advertised speed. The cheap XXXX drives I’ve purchased since are faster (in real time performance, not advertised hype performance) and have worked flawlessly regardless of media.

If you like spending hours banging your head against your monitor, playing the “which firmware upgrade will magically transform my overpriced drive into something other than a paperweight”, by all means – buy a Plextor. If you actually want to “use” the drive, then keep looking – there’s nothing to see here.

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