To finish my previous post, in order to determine your problem with your present software. Do the following things. Some of them may seem silly, but they will clear up some of your problems if not all.
Check your CDR media to make sure that it is rated for 8X or higher
Check to make sure that your ASPI layer is correct. You can download a program called checkaspi from most download sites which will tell you whether it is ok. A simple browser search for checkaspi should give you a link to a download site. If it is not ok, download a program called forceaspi to reinstall it. The latest Adaptec ASPI version is 4.60.
Next uninstall EZCD 5 (this requires you to load your installation disk and click the remove button). Also make sure that any previous version is also uninstalled as this will cause a conflict.
Remove the disk and reboot your computer.
Before re-installing EZ CD 5, turn off all unnecessary programs. You do this by pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL and removing all programs except Systray and Explorer (highlight each individually and click the remove button).
WITHOUT REBOOTING, reinsert the EZ CD 5 installation disk and reinstall EZ CD 5.
Remove the disk and reboot.
If you would like, you can skip step 2 the first time as steps 3 through 7 will cure any problems most of the time.
If this doesn't work, repost and I will give you further troubleshooting steps to try.
As for the advice of Da_Taxman and RaSta, I'm going to assume that they are just trying to be helpful. However, I am very disappointed in their posts. To be charitable, their method of helping you is to attack a program through innuendo and rumor. This the height of intellectual laziness. I can assume that neither of them have even tried EZ CD 5. To seek help with EZ CD 5 from one of them is like asking for lovemaking advice from a nun. They both owe you an apology. However, I am sure that you will not get one.
I have used both EZ CD 5 and Nero 5.5. I have them both installed at the present time on my computers along with the socalled dreaded program DirectCD 5. They all run smoothly. All have their pluses and minuses. If you do decide to try Nero 5.5, download a demo version from www.ahead.de and try it. However, if your problem is a software or registry problem, you will have to uninstall EZ CD 5 and any additional versions of EZ CD as well as possibly reinstalling your ASPI (Nero has such a program for download on their website) before installing Nero. Also, make sure that regardless of how many CDR authoring programs you have on your computer you have only one packet writing program on your computer (DirectCD or InCD). That's where the major conflicts occur.
Finally, if you want good advice on the pluses and minuses of both programs, read the reviews on them. www.zdnet.com and www.cdrinfo.com have reviews on both of the programs for easy comparison.