Hi to all here- I've got a series of recurring and random problems I'm using a Philips DVDRW824K/00 - updated to 1.4 firmware First, some days I can burn, then others not for no apparent reason. Today Nero and Sonic keep inisisting to insert blank DVDs and I know they're blank. Nothing seems to be accepted also -RW dvds. Second, the burner seems ok with -R one day and the next not, all of a sudden it wants +R dvds or what? Just for the record, yesterday I burnt many .avi files onto DVD-R.Today no luck. Third - maybe it's first - sometimes my computer shows the drive as DVD and other times it shows up as a CD burner. What's going on?! I've had these troubles for a while and have installed and re-installed many times and I've no idea why the problems are so random. I'm trying to burn data and avi files etc. from Hard disk - not ripping. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!