I am puzzled. I have ripped and burned over 100 backups mostly with DVD+R at 2.4x and lately with DVD+R at 4x. About 2 days ago my burner will go no higher than 2X. Even with DVD+R (2.4X) or 4x DVD+R or 4X DVD-R. I am looking for cause and effect but have really done nothing different. I have a recently purchased Pent 4 (2.8) with 120HD and 512K RAM and a Pioneer 106D burner (multiformat) with original firmware. I have been ripping and compressing with DVD Shrink and burning with Record Now Max 4.5 using the user guide found in.www.chrismccann.co.uk....Just wondering if any of you longer time users have any idea why burner seems to lock up a 2x...Many thanks for your solutions.