For a while now, my Lite-on 52/24/52x drive has been acting a little funny. In Nero, it takes a long time (~2 minutes) before it will start actually recording. During that time, I can hear it spin up, then down, up, down, etc, and finally it will start recording. At first I thought it was nVidia's IDE driver. But, I've reformatted and re-installed XP using M$ generic IDE driver and it still did it. Then, I thought it was crappy media, so I got different brand media with the same result. That didn't really make sense because Nero would pick the correct speed (52x) when recording, it just doesn't go that fast. I've tried configuring it as Slave, then Master, then all by itself, and there was no difference. The DVD drive when using the same port runs fine. I've even tried flashing it with the latest (correct) firmware from Lite-on. I'm using the newest version of Nero. Like, I said, it's a fresh OS installation. Is there something wrong with the drive that is fixable? I would hope so, it's only about 1 year old or less.