Hey Everyone - I am seriously stumped. Ripping discs takes forever (over an hour at about 2 MB/S) but I can burn about twice as fast as that. I have the following two DVD drives: 1) New NEC 3500 2) Older Generic DVD-ROM from Circuit City (according to the box, should rip up to 16MB/S) Using various DVD Rippers (DVD Shrink and DVDDecrypter)the fastest that I can rip from either of these two drives is right at 2MB/S (2000 KB/S) - however burining back to the NEC Drive, I get about 5 MB's (5000 KB/S) during the burn which is about right for the discs I am using (4x). What could be causing this? I was thinking the IDE cables since they are not the newest ones in the world, but since it’s able to burn discs faster I think that kind of rules out the IDE cables. A couple other system specs: P4 - 2.5 GHZ 512MB Crucial Ram Maxtor 40GB hard drive WD 80GB hard drive Any thoughts????