This is basically a brown box item and that is why it's cheap. Both XP and windows 7 detected it fine. The LG model I received is a GH24NS95, not as above. This is in need of a firmware update. The drive has a problem that should not be the case in 2012. I checked drive info with nero drive info tool and the buffer is only 768KB. That is ridiculously low when most DVD Rewriters now have at least 2MB. I have another LG DVD and bluray drive and both have 2M or more. One of them is about 4 years old.
So I searched on the LG website and the GH24NS95 is only shown on the U.S version not UK. [...]
When I looked in the section for download's, no firmware and only PDF manual files. So I called LG and was confirmed the GH24NS95 is in the UK. LG agreed about the website and passed on what I have found so hopefully there can be a firmware update to sort this and other issues out.
I am debating whether to send this back or just keep it for the sake of £14. I think this is only worth 3 stars for the reasons I have stated.
Here is some of the information from nero, about this drive.
Drive : HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH24NS95
Type : DVD-RAM Recorder
Firmware Version : RN00
Buffer Size : 768 KB
Date : ?
Vendor Specific : J028103 KDNC9O52404
Location : 1:0
Read Speed : 48 , 40 , 32 , 24 , 16 , 10 , 8 , 4 X
Write Speed : 48 , 40 , 32 , 16 X
Modes : Packet, TAO, DAO, SAO, RAW SAO, RAW SAO 16, RAW SAO 96, RAW DAO 16, RAW DAO 96
Region Protection Control : RPC II
Region : None
Changes User : 5
Changes Vendor : 4