I have had this writer for a few months now, great burner (not a single coaster!!!) I know this model doesn't come with any DVD player software but have tried some programs (Win DVD trial, Interactual, Maximus DVD) But have had the same problem with each one - Whenever I try to play a dvd disc, the video stutters and the audio has squeaks & pops. Am I missing some codec or setting? Once I rip the DVD to my hard drive, however, no problems at all. backup discs are fine too. Not a real big deal since I really only use this drive as a burner, but would still like to remedy the situation. Thanks