I had a Pioneer A08XL for a long time that suddenly stopped working. I had it for roughly 18 months, so I wasn't to worried about it, especially since I bought it from a retail store with a replacement guarantee. However, I bought it from compusa and paid 160 dollars for it, and the best DVD drive they had was a sony dru820. It's 16x dual layer dual format dvdram blah blah blah. I was a little miffed since the price was only 100 dollars and they didn't compensate me at all for the cost difference since they no longer stocked the higher end dvd drives. Anyways, I've tried 3 different kinds of media now, and looked in nero infotools, and the drive is only supporting 8x, not 16x for recording. I updated to the new firmware for the drive, and the scenario is still the same. Furthermore, the drive is pretty loud. My old pioneer was pretty quiet, I liked it a lot. I especially liked the mechanics of the drive itself, it was a lot more stable than most drives seem to be. That's just a build standard I think. Anyways, I was wondering if anyone had any ideas? I don't think it is media related as nero infotools even shows it as an 8x recorder without a disc installed. I'm using winxp pro sp2, an athlon san diego 3700+, asus a8nslipremium, and I confirmed my ASPI installation to be correct both with nero infotools and with the adaptec aspicheck utility, no problem there. Thanks!