My turn for problems! All of a sudden my LG 4040B drive will not format cdrw's or copy files to DVD+RW (or -RW). It will quite happily read from previously formatted cdrw's..and write files to them, but totally ignores DVDRW's. Try to send a file to it and it sits there forever saying that it is 'preparing the files'. This is occuring using Roxio 6, Roxio 7 & Nero 6. I have upgraded the Drives firmware to A304 without making any difference. I never had any problems with Roxio 5, and when I upgrade to Roxio 6 for DVD support all was OK, until I went to format a new CDRW. I then tried writing to a DVD+RW..no luck. I borrowed a copy of Nero 6...same result. Off to another friend to borrow a copy of Roxio 7..still no luck. All programs know the discs are there and report them accurately..just will not write to them. Nero attempted to format a cdrw, but ejected it after a few seconds, calling it an 'illegal disc'! Roxio went off into 'Neverneverland' when attempting to format a cdrw. Roxio's 'Drag to Disc' just hangs there telling me it is 'preparing the files' when attempting to transfer them to a DVD+RW. The drive is multi format, reading and writing to cdr, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD RAM..and supposedly DVD+ & - RW. My system is running XP with SP1, with 512M RAM, 2x80GB drives on one line and the DVD drive on another line. Oter than the new software, nothing has changed. And, yes I have had XP SP2 on before and the result was the same, and no, I am not going to put it back on as it is a pain in the butt. Is this problem an excuse to upgrade to a nice new DVD writer?