Thanks for the reply. I'm about ready to give up on this thing. Have gone every route including the ASPI layers (4.60). Have run the drive all by itself as master on my secondary ide, tried as slave on primary ide and just about every other combination there is. Tried booting from DOS with boot disc drivers. Nothing works for it.
I have two other burners (Plextor 8X & NEC 24X) and they are recognized immediately when I run them using the same configs. Same is also true for two DVD ROM's that I have.
Have concluded that its just a bad drive and will see if I can get this one exchanged hopefully without any trouble.
Thanks again for the helpful reply...