Hi all. I recently bought a Dynex DVD/CDR writer. Listed as an 8X DVD and 40X CD-R burner, all for $89 at Best Buy. Now the bad news. I 1st tried to burn a CD-R using Nero and get a write speed of 8 to 10X!! I have not tried DVD yet. For media I tried a Dynex CD-R, Fuji and Sony. NO luck. I updated the firmware to the latest version and again slow writing. I installed their speical OEM version of Nero 6 and it actually was a little slower. I contacted tech support on the web and they can NOT read letters. IF I say I updated my firmware, They tell me to update my firmware anyway for example. Typical BS from a company that can't tell you they aren't really being honest anyway. (honest about the writing abilities of the machine). I don't mean to sound paranoid, but I have been down this road before when something doesn't work right, they of course won't tell you. There was one interesting point in my letter. The guy wanted to know the MID code of the media I used. Otherwise, the letter was so short it didn't say much. My questions are, how do I determine the MID code of media like say a Sony, TDK, or even Dynex CD-R? Also aren't MID codes (manufacturer identification code) used mostly (or only) on DVDs? I'm starting to believe there isn't any good DVD writers for $89, LOL, and that maybe Plextor, or Sony has better writers. Any comments on that are appreciated too. My advise to others, if You see a Dynex and think "good deal", think again... Thanks.