HELP! Nero freezes system when burning

System specs: Athlon xp 3200+, 1024ram, nvidia motherboard, radeon 256 graphics accelerator, winxp sp2. A while back I bought a Philips dvdr1640P and in the beginning it was good. I had no trouble burning cds or dvds. Now suddenly when Im trying to make a data cd/dvd using nero it just freezes at like 1-2%. I tried other software -> same thing. Updated the firmware and nero, and even tried system restore, no luck. The weird thing is I can still burn cds with windows xps internal burning software. Since all other software freeze the comp and the only way out is the reset button I get no error logs whatsoever. Any ideas?