I'm don’t know about you chaps/chapesses out there but how long is your DVD/CDW burner lasting??? I only ask as mine are lasting not much longer than 12-18 months... or thinking about it 200-300 approx cd burns. My major work is backed up onto DVD at least once a week (daily on backup external hard-drive). I'm not sure if firmware updates are just screwing the drives up or if it's software related. My Nero software gave up on it, my other software says it's burnt to cd... but cd's are blank? I'm not writing to file before you ask iso or ghost drives as I can see the LED light busy burning away. I've checked lens for dust... nothing that I can see (warranty void now) but don’t mean diddly. This has been the norm for 10-15 years!!!!! I get through burners more than mother board upgrades..... Any ideas before I’m of to geeks exchange??? I'm having to transfer to my laptop to burn CD's but how long is this going to last before it becomes an expensive replacement? Edit: I've have tried reversing firmware... but i've only done it tested it, before carrying on to no avail!