Thanks for the reply, and for the link for the new firmware (I checked it a week ago and thought I had the latest one
Problem is the firmware didn't fix the problem. I still get the same error with the media, and it happens with every burning program I have (Nero, CloneCD, and RecordNow MAX). When I try to actually burn a cd (as opposed to using Nero CD Speed) the burner will just keep spinning up and then slowing down. After about a half an hour I'm forced to reboot because I can't close the burner program (it'll hang). It always happens when the burner program says that it's burning the lead in.