Seems like I have the same symptoms, but perhaps a different problem. Anyone care to help?
I am running XP with a Yamaha 4416 SCSI internal. Been working fine for a while, but recently, it has been turning out audio CDs that skip a lot. Then, during one burn (using Nero), the burner seemed to stall and the only way to regain control of the computer was to reboot. On reboot, XP flaked and somehow I had to restore a back up of my registry. From that point on, all my burns have resulted in blanks. This seems to be the case using Nero, CDRWIN, Window's own burning service (which I usually don't turn on).
ASPI drivers seem to be in order. I downloaded ASPIFIX and that didn't seem to help so I went back to ASPI 4.71.2.
Can't figure out if the problem is a software one or a hardware one. It could just be the hardware problems just happened to coincide with the registry backup, but... Can anyone think of a way to find out whether the problem is the hardware? (Short of me buying another burner and installing it.)