I searched through the forums but, couldn't find a more specific answer, apologize if this has been covered somewhere else. DVD-RW - Sony DRX-500UL OS - WinXP/SP1 Media - Memorex DVD-R,-RW,+R,+RW Burn Apps - Nero 6 and DVD Decrypter My DRX-500UL worked great up till I upgraded the firmware to 2.0f. From there things went down hill. First, I noticed the drive would stop responding when connected to my iLink port. If I shut the drive off, then back on, it would recognize once again. To bypass this, I switched over to the USB ports. Next I noticed my Memorex DVD-R media would not read, nor burn in the drive. However, the Memorex DVD+Rs would. Go figure. I've read several conflicting posts that people have had success and failures with Memorex. Sony's recommended media does not indicate any incompatibilities with Memorex so, I'm wondering if its the drive or the media. I've done that "so called" DriveCheck on Sony's website and it passed. I'm assuming its probably the media and I'm also assuming Nero is part of the problem also. I've read several posts on Nero having issues with Sony drives. DVD Decrypter also would not write to the DVD-R. So, I've probably have answered my question but, just wanted to see if anyone else had experience issues with Memorex and the iLink port. The USB works fine but, I just didn't want waste $50 on the current spindle and another $50 for a new spindle. Thanks in advance.