I have NEC 3500 (FW 2.18) master and Benq 1620pro slave on secondary IDE 80 pin cable with no problems using WinXPpro. I have not burned MCC 004 but I have burned MCC 003 with excellent results with both burners. NEC burns are slightly better with Nero CD speed score of 98 vs Benq score of 97 on TY media. Verbatim scans are almost as good.
You have prob already done this, but check the obvious things: make sure DMA is enabled, or try a new cable or an 80 pin cable if you're not already using one, make sure the jumpers are set to master and slave and not to CS, try swapping position on the cable, try removing and reinstalling IDE drivers.