I have just killed vi as I wrote this and I do not want to write it all again so here are the highlights.
PC in bits all last night to fit CDRW, tried a write test using Easy CD Creator 5 and it killed the machine, had to reboot to recover.
Tried 4x speed (the slowest, still faster than my old 2x drive) with one file and it tested OK.
Tested OK as did 8x, lets try 12x, of course it will now not recognize a blank CD , retry, retry, retry, retry, hmm it worked, try for 16x, only difference is I am using disk at once as opposed to track at once.
Why, it tested OK, lets do what I had originally. 620mb of mp3s at 16x..... drat failed, buffer under runs, even though this drive is supposed to be protected against those !!!
Try again at 12x, nope under runs again. Tiring 8x retry, retry, retry, nope, erm 4 speed ?
Crapped out as well, the error suggests trying alternate media.... and a reboot.
Of course I have not written anything to disk yet, its all testing maybe its time to get Nero ....
It said it worked, so lets try a burn!! remember I have only changed disks, and rebooted.
Buffer under run again, time for nero.
See details tomorrow .....