My machine doesn't have any issue doing this as well as the dozen at the office. I'd look over my machine to see if there are any clues why you would be having an issue. Sadly the reason is not in your posting.
But here's a nugget. Most of our machines have newish dvdrw dual layer drives that are about a year old tops. How old is yours?
Is there any solution to the problem of importing CDs into iTunes 7? I am running an XP PC with a 48X drive and it takes f o r e v e r to import tracks from my CDs. It seems to get to about 85% of each track, and then totally hangs, making viewing the iTunes impossible. What gives? I've got 300 or so CDs to go, and at this rate, I'll be at it for a week! Also, when transferring MP3's, it seemed to only do 5 at a time max. Is there any way to do more than that?