I downloaded Burnatonce and I cannot get that to recognize the external drive....I also tried it at 48x with Feurio and the same thing happens.
I have a better grip now on *what* is going on. Basically it starts writing the leadin, then the recorder buffer stays at either zero or tiny...obviously it has nothing to write. That is also why my light is green all the time, because "Burn-proof" is working. My drive is waiting and waiting for the data that simply will not come. It may be the drive, it won't even work with the top of the line Adaptec USB cardbus. The CompUSA techie was stumped, the Plextor tech support didn't really know, and I'll call Adaptec tomorrow to see what they have to say.
The CompUSA guy did have a great idea: find a friend who has a USB CD RW drive and hook it up...if it works it's obviously my burner thats messed up. I don't know any friends with them, so I thought of the next best thing: take it over to my friends house and hook it up to his laptop along with my USB 2 card, if it works on his laptop, the drive isnt broken, if it doesnt work on his laptop, its not necesarily broken, for his laptop may act up like mine, but it increases the odds that it is broken.
Talk about strange. It's like some higher power doesn't want this thing to work..."seems" like the drive works, the computer works, the USB cardbus works, but some intangible thing is preventing it from working together. What a nightmare.
I'll keep posting updates, because this is really wierd and interesting.