I know this is a little off the original post, but I'd like to respond to the above post. I also have an NEC 2500A, but from threads I followed, I was advised not to upgrade. NEC's site also states nothing really new in upgrade except media adjustments. In any case, I use the Fujifilm media, which is 1x-8x, in that machine, which is 8x speed, and it takes about 15 minutes to burn a movie from my hard drive. I put all my movies on my hard drive to filter through AnyDVD, then burn them at my leisure with either Clone DVD2 or DVD Copy. I have the Ulead Movie Factory program. It's really great for converting mpegs to movie files to burn to DVD. Love the menu building feature.