Okay.. here's the issue.. WinXP, fully patched. (unknown brand) 48x12x48 drive.. think maybe verbatim but unsure, becuase i got it fer $20 after rebates at office depot Duron 900, 512mb ram, etc etc. When i burn a CD.. if i'm burning it at any of the "MAX" speeds, the burn fails right after writing the leadin. If i burn at, for example, 16x, the burn finishes fine, but chokes on the 'verify' portion. If i cancel out of the verify... lo and behold.. it doesnt detect the CD in the drive... cant read it at all. Also, if I put any burned CD in the drive, it wont read it.. retail cds are just fine though. I've already forced it UDMA through device manager.. and now i'm stuck. Device manager shows it as an ATAPI 48x24 CDRW drive if that makes any difference... also Nero only shows max speed of 40x.. which is odd, but not too much a problem i suppose. Same problems were in Win98 when i had that loaded.. wouldnt read the CDs after burning with EZCD 5.. Anyone got any ideas?