Got a real problem with this little bastard, and I haven't found help from anywhere else. Basicly, one fine day, fate decided my stupidity should lead me to installing some crap CD music ripper, as I had some music and no longer a stereo. Now, this program, if I remember correctly, did something to the drive, which stopped me from being able to burn CD's. Reading is fine from both CD and DVD, just not writing, Nero and Easy CD Creator both complain about initialisation failing. or somehting along those lines. I did a reformat, no hope. I got the ASPI firmware for the drive, no hope. But I remember, the installer saying something about installing something to do with ATAPI. When watching it (it took a few secs and I couldn't react in time) I thought "What the f-ing hell has it got to do with it?". And, viola (sp?) when I tried to back up some of my files, it screwed up. It either said it was installing 4, or 5. I'm using a Sony Viao laptop, PCG-FX33G/BP which I think is a Japan-only model (gave me hell trying to get through the Toshiba website). Running on Win 2000 Pro, with all the normal stuff 'sept a RAM upgrade (Done at times which made it obvious this was not causing the problem). The drive is a Toshiba SD-R2002 CD-RW/DVD-ROM. Picture attached with a scan of the drive, has some random stuff. Tell if you need more detail on any part of the shot. Thanks in advance for anything you can think of (got to be something to do with reseting firmware to do with ATAPI interface, I would think).