Laddyboy--- thank you for the tips. I broght up the tutorial from NERO but it did not work beyond the contents page. No selection made brought up details. As this tower was givin to me I have very little specs to pass along. Compaq told me that there are too many variables involved in any two towers that are labled the same, that they cannot give me any guidence either. The only suggestion was to replace drives and try it. That brings up the same problems, I have no idea how to find video files that are on the net/web, download them to either my hard drive and/or rewrite drive. I also would like to use rewrite discs as opposed to single write discs. Again NERO is a mystery to me. So many issues and I still have yet to find answers. I also would feel more comfortable IMPORTING my own video from tape or disc, but I need advice on capture devices, how they work, does NERO regognize them, if needed, ect. The questions are unlimited. I WILL take your advice and use your link and keep searching. Maybe in 10 years or so I will figure this out just in time to start all over again with what ever is next! Will it ever be EASY as vcrs are? I don*t think so. Engineers are to smart for there own good. They design products for themselves, they have little respect for the end user who have to struggle with the monsters they create.