After changing media make, I finally pulled over my external USB HP dvdrw and it worked the very next time. My internal DVDRW is about 2 years old and looks to have one of those partial failures. So I'll use my external as my ground shipped replacement drive crawls to my door.
EVGA nForce 780i
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.66Ghz
I'm having a strange problem with my PC. It started with me first trying to back up my iTunes music to a rewritable DVD. I would get obscure error messages (which I tried googling without success) after trying iTunes, CDBurnerXP, and Nero Express Essentials burn options. I decided to see if there were any updates for my Asus optical drives. I went to the Asus website, and there were some updates. Before downloading anything, however, I made a system restore point. I downloaded the updates from Asus's website and installed them. I'm pretty sure that after this is when I started getting this strange problem. I try to open iTunes, but the window will not open. I see the iTunes.exe process running when I open task manager but not the application. My web browser, firefox, has also suddenly decided to take about 2 minutes to open from the couple seconds it used to take. I just noticed this same late response with another program though I've tested others, and they seem to be fine. I tried using the system restore to go back before I downloaded the updates, but the problem remains. Does anyone have any ideas??? sorry bout the long post