Hello! This is my first post on this forum. This has been a persistent problem for me, so I figured I'd try to seek help from people who may know what they're talking about. So, anyways, here is my situation. I am using a pentium III 1 ghz PC with 256 SD Ram @ 133 mghz. I have a 40-14x48x CD-RW drive. It's a cheapy. "Cen-Dyne" brand. The CD-burning software I use is Nero Express. Now, within the first few months of installing my windows XP operating system, I have no problems burning CDs at 32x (the fastest my CD media will allow.) After a few months, my system becomes EXTREMELY bogged down while I burn CDs, under the exact same circumstances. In Nero, I can observe the cache reserved fluctuates with the spins of the CD in the drive: 20%, 30%, 50%, 70%, 98%, then back to 20%. The higher the number gets, the faster the disc spins. Nero is often stalling on me as well, forcing a cold reboot to gain access to the drive again. I have tried writing at lower speeds with mixed results, but my main issue is: Why would the problem consistently develop as it has? Any insight would be appreciated.