I've been using this NEC 3550A for about a year now and it's been fine up until now. About 10 burns back I noticed that when the burning process started (eg when using ConvertXtoDVD, after the videos have finished encoding and the burn automatically starts) the computer completely froze for about 3 seconds. It progressively got worse and worse until now it just completely crashes and I can't do anything. I can't even open the task manager, and I can't eject the disk either; the drive appears to be dead, I can only move the mouse so I need to restart the computer to fix it.
It's strange though because when I use Nero Burning ROM, to just burn files straight away, it works fine with no crashing. But when I leave it burn automatically (ConvertXtoDVD or Nero Vision) it crashes. I'm using Verbatim DVD+R 16x discs if it means anything.
I'm using the 1.05 firmware also, I'm not sure if I should update the firmware to the one posted here as it will void the warranty (how long does the NEC warranty last anyway?)
Any ideas anyone?