48246S write speed problem

Lately my Lite On has gone craps on write speeds. It starts off ok… but then shifts down to around 24x or less about 10% into the session. It done it both with Alcohol and Nero. I reflashed the drive but no luck. Very frustrating. Disc copy, burning cue/bin files… same thing. Its happend using both Fuji blanks and Imation. Any ideas?
Using Nero cd speed I get an average of 17.15x !!
I’m beginning to think my drive has shot craps



Pent III/933 512 ram WD 80G
Windows 2000 pro

Use other blank cd’s ?

What brand r u using right now ? What tells you Smartburn ?

Have you tried updating to the latest firmware? What firmware verison do you have now?