Yes, it must be the door on the XS32. (Can you remove the door easily? I didn't look very hard, but I don't know if it'll pop off easily like a remote control flap for example.)
So, with the new DVD burner connected, but tilted up so access was not through the regular door (i.e. top off the XS32), I WAS able to put in a DVD-R, burn new recordings to it, and finalize.
I "wasted" one DVD-R, because I only filled it up around halfway full (I have a ZILLION ~3 minute song recordings, and was getting sick of doing a few at a time). I confirmed that the recordings were actually there on the disc (ffed through some, didn't actually play any of them), and were viewable on computer after finalizing before deleting from XS32.
I was ALSO able to see recordings on an unfinalized DVD-RW and I think an unfinalized DVD-R. I never got a DVD-RAM to work, though I only tried one I think, and I was also possibly running into the following problem.
The XS32 only seems to recognize the disc that is inserted WHEN IT IS TURNED ON. It recognized a DVD-R and a DVD-RW (and lit the correct light on the XS32) when that was in upon power up. It does NOT recognize disc changes. If I try to go into the content menu after switching discs, it just says "the disc is empty". Also, "Open" remains on the front of the XS32.. so it's essentially never getting the 'inserted' message.
This is very very minor comparatively, and is possibly related to the above major problem, but I the display on the front keeps changing modes on me. I leave it in 'time' mode, and the only time it usually changes is when I go into disk space remaining mode (and it goes back into time mode when I hit the free space button again on the remote). But it keeps changing to one of the other modes.. possibly when I am inserting discs. No, I'm not accidentally hitting the 'front select' button or anything.
88redhonda -- even if I *do* keep this drive, I think I am interested, esp if you really are just going to throw it away. If it works at all, I think I'd rather use the 'real' drive until it goes kaput too, since it's by definition better supported.
Anyway, I don't suppose there's any way to get this to work any better, is there? I'll go search to see if there are firmware upgrades for the drive or anything, but I doubt it.
I forgot, even with the DVD-R in upon startup, it did NOT say "a blank DVD is loaded" or whatever.. but I was able to write to it. I am 99% sure I did NOT manually dismiss the alert.
Oh yeah, the DVD-R I used was the 8X NEXXTECH from Circuit City which wouldn't even start burning on the orig recorder.