ok so things are magically working again, called up plextor and told them my woes, ironically enough they told me to look on this exact website and get the nForce Remix 2.45a drivers…
i chuckled since i found those exact drivers a couple months back and alerted everyone to them.
the only other suggestion they had for me was to try adding a jumper in the DMA position on the burner, so one on master and one on dma. supposedly this gets rid of any consistency issues. well im about 5 burns in a row with no problems now, only problem is my burns are taking about 13 minutes instead of 8. but at this point im just happy it works at all.
the mentioned drivers can be found here: Mwarhead
Windows 2000 Pro
708a (firmware 1.04)
ASPI Layer 4.71
Mwarhead’s nForce Remix 2.45a
AnyDVD / CloneDVD