Hi im new to dvd burning and have built a sweet computer with a 16x NEC Burner. I bought a OEM version of the burner and it came with no software. Im having a problem locating it. Can anyone help here? Someone told me I didnt have to even have software(firmware) with windows xp. Is this true? By the way im using DVD Shrink, Dvd for free and Nero 6 ultra edition. Im very happy with it right now and just burned Empire Strikes back and Godfather and it looks great. Have one problem though. I have a amd 3500 64 bit computer and when I am ripping the DVD to my HD, it seems to be kinda slow. It usually takes 30 mins to 45min with a kb/s rate starting at 2400 and ending up at around 4300-5000. Is this normal? I have a friend whos rate is quite a bit higher and he has a slower computer then mine. Thanks for your help. Id like to have my rip times incresed. Burning at 8x Np and very fast.