My VIA drivers are up-to-date. Last night I reinstalled Nero and even updated the Lite-On's firmware which apparently took OK. How do I check which drivers I am using and if I am using VIA's, how do I switch to MS's?
I now think it may be the Lite-On CD-RW drive. I got the NEC DVD+RW to burn a CD-R (forgot to change the drive in Nero in prior tests).
When I try to burn to the Lite-On, I can hear the drive spinning up about every 15 seconds, but nothing is transfering and there's no light on the drive. I can cancel the burn in Nero, but the spinups keep on going. Something keeps on going and the drive is useless - I can't get the door open and "My Computer" will lock up if I select that drive. I can't shut down Nero either without alt-ctrl-del. Then my system is a bit unstable. This and the fact that playback on the Lite-On has those gaps I mentioned.
Now that I think about it, I bet the Lite-On got damaged when a static charge killed my Sound Blaster Audigy just before I upgraded. That was a strange thing. I was removing a vinyl chair mat from under my desk. While doing so, I could hear loud pops from my PC speakers, then my Audigy no longer worked. Apparently the charge traveled through the carpet and through a connector on the carpet.
MSI K8T Neo-FIS2R w/ Athlon 64 3000+
Running Windows XP Home
2x512MB DS Kingmax DDR PC-3200
Two 60GB WD WD600 HDs on IDE1
Two 80GB Maxtor HDs on SATA IDE3 - Promise RAID 0
NEC ND-1000A 2x DVD+RW and Lite-On 52x CD-RW on IDE2