neritude, thanks for the advice, but, the 8631 is officially dead as of today. It started to fail at burning cd's today. My friend mentioned the problems I was having with it to his neighbor. It turns out he does computer repairs for the government. He brought his neighbor over tonight to look at it. Honestly, I don't even know how to describe what he was doing to the drive to test it's components. All I know is his words were, "It's done. The laser won't focus and when I tried the cd, the laser won't work, period." He also mentioned about the cross-flash to Benq when they got here, but, by the time he was done, he had the drive out and opened up testing it's components.