I am new to this, but have made numerous backups that play on both the computer and the apex (i know it's a bad test) standalone. Originally i think that it took around 20 minutes to rip and encode a dvd9 with dvdsrink 3.0, but in the past few days, this has gone up to 57 minutes. Maybe I was wrong about the time before, but i don't think so. My current set up is pentium 2.6, Samsung Sd-616 16x dvd, Nec 1100 dvd+r, 512ram, ~40gig hd space. It used to be quicker to rip from the dvd rather than dvd which I thought meant that I was read speed limited, but now both are the same at ~55 minutes, and it doesn't matter if I am ripping one ar two at the same time. Did I mess up some setting? Is this normal? Thanks-sorry about the long post. Also, is there a guide somewhere that lists the settings for Nero 5.5? My backups work on my stuff, but I would like to give some to my brother and would like them to have the best chance of working ( i am currently using the defaults from the nero install). by the way, the above is with the computer restarted to clear any lingering processes, and nothing else running.