It IS a software issue - in particular Ezy CD 5 (as revealed by the diagnostic steps).
But just to be sure I dug out a few of my old OEM and Deluxe editions of Adaptec/Roxio EasyCD Creator and did test setups on 3 XP machines preinstalled with Nero 6.0.
On each machine Roxio would either fail to complete a burn or would complete with errors; each case requiring a reboot before additional burning steps could be complete.
The best solution is to un-install Roxio (and its associated ASPI layer files) as it’s just duplicating the more than adequate functions of Nero.
You could also try other more powerful and smaller burning utilities such as CloneCD/DVD, Blindwrite, Alcohol…
Incidentally, when installing new software always choose the ‘Custom’ option if there is one.
Don’t install rubbish like animated helpers or program launchers as these offer little functionality for the system resources they consume.
The second best solution is to apply the most recent updates to Roxio that also includes WinXP compatability fixes.
You may find the solution suggested above may also solve the ‘Drive Model doesnt match!’ problem.
I’ve only encountered this particular problem 7 times. All have happened when attempting to flash OEM drives - that is to say, drives built and labelled by one manufacturer, but modified by another (eg Asus 52x24x52 are actually Optorite drives).
Hope this helps.
BTW, please don’t start a new thread regarding this issue everytime you wish to post a response - use the ‘Post Reply’ button instead.