Hello all! I am new to this forum. I am a college student with a major in Computer Sciences....yet I need some help! I have a Compaq 8000T about 3 years old now. It has had little work done to it. Upgraded to 1 Gig of RAM about 6 months ago. I have a DVD-RW drive that I use to burn CDs and DVDs. Normally works great. I have a secondary drive, DVD player which also burns CDs. I was burning several CDs Saturday without any problems. I tend to use Realplayer. I got to a point where my CDs were being read by the drive as being FULL already. they are not. I can take the same new CD-R and put it in another PC and it reads empty, like it should. Both of my drives read the disk as full. If it was merely one, I would say the drive is bad. But both drives read it the same. I can burn DVDs without a problem. Properties state that both devices are in proper working order. No issues found in device manager. (Oh, Im running XP Professional...no recent upgrades.) I considered a software issue; so I uninstalled and reinstalled Realplayer, no luck. I went back to a previous restore point, no effect. I even went as far to re-install windows. No viruses, no spyware, no other known issues. I thought it could be either: A bad IDE cable A bad IDE socket A failing Motherboard One bad drive affecting the other, since their both on the same IDE cable I havent changed anything within the PC since buying it. So I cant imagine it being a master/slave issue, etc. Any suggestions? I need help!! Thanks!!