Ok this is really strange. I was burning a few Maxell -R and I noticed the verification was taking really long.
So I tried a diskspeed transfer It started at 1X and stayed at 1X.
I rebooted the computer and tried other media. No matter what it is reading only at 1X.
I have liteon reader in the the system and it is still behaving normally.
Any ideas what could cause this freak out? Maybe it will be better in the morning. But it is certainly in a wierd state.