i have been having a lot of issues with cd and dvd backups. i have been using nero as my main burning program and Ulead sometimes too(both these programs were in a pack when i bought my dvd/cd writer). lately when i try to use nero to do anything[copy dvd, data dvd/cd, mp3 cd, audio cd, etc], i open the nero start smart utility and select the task i want...then it loads for a few seconds and i get a message that the program has un expectedly quit, windows is sorry, etc. so i figure ill use another program....he is a few i have trialed....and the results: - Windows media Player: Opens fine, plays music and videos fine, but when i try to write a cd, it freezes and is "Not Responding" -Ulead: opens Movie Factory Media Center, but when i select a task the program is "Not Responding" and i cannot shut it, even in task manager. -Power2Go: Similar to ulead...open task console, but when i select a task the program is "Not Responding" and cant be shut in task manager either. -CloneCD: Same as above....however, when i select copy disk. the program runs fine only if there is no cd/dvd in the drive. If i put the disk in the drive, then try to run the program, it stops responing. but if i wait until the programs asks for the disk, then put it in the writer, it works ok. i have tried this approach on the other programs too, but it doesnt help. Nero and Ulead both used to work fine, without any problems. i have not installed any new hardware lately, and i have PC-Cillin and AVG and they both say my system is clean. im running XP, 3gig CPU, 1gig RAM and an 80 gig HDD. The CD/DVD Writer is a Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-108. Any help is much appreciated.