I could really use some help if anyone has some advice. I have been burning Cd's and Dvd's for quite some time without any problems and at max speeds. One day I started noticing I could only select up to a 32x burn speed, when burning a data disc using nero version 7.**. So I figured maybe it was my nero program and reinstalled it. Nothing. Then I updated my Firmware for my drive. Which did give me the option to burn up to 48X in the drop down menu. However since all of this. Even if I start the burn at 48x. The "actual" Write speed goes up to 16X and stays burning at that speed until its does. Ill just list some random things Ive done and check. I have been searching forums for days and hours on this trying to find a solution. I just want my burning speed back. DMA is on. Firmware updated Nero updated. using nero drive speed for testing. Benchmarks works correctly and ends at 50x speed. When I create a virtual disc it has the same problem. Starts at about 12x then goes to 16 where it stays the rest of the time. Ive always used the same brand discs and they test and work just fine with no errors. I dont get any burn failures regardless of speed and never get buffer fluctuations. any other things I could have missed that would cause this burning cap?