Hey, I've got an odd problem here... I have a Sony DVD RW DW-18A drive, and use DVD Decrypter, Shrink DVD, DVD XCopy, ALcohol and Nero depending on what task I'm using it for, and in the last couple of days my drive has started to lose reading and writing speed. It is an 8x drive, and until now read and wrote at that speed. Yesterday it dropped to 4x writing, and today it started reading AND writing at an excruciating 1.5x!!! Anyone have any idea why it might be doing that? I've checked the speed settings on the software and set it at 4x and 8x but to no avail. Also, I'm using the same media as before. Is my drive screwed? Should I upgrade the firmware? (I'm leary of doing this because it would void the warranty). Thanks!