I hope this isn't considered off-topic, so if you can help me I'd be grateful.
I have a new NEC 3500, and recently reformatted my hard drive and reinstalled XP Pro w/SP2. I installed the latest version of Nero, and find that it basically freezes the PC - mainly when I start Nero, though at one point InfoTools began and froze while trying to recognize the NEC drive. Once things freeze I have to do a hard reboot. I don't have any other burning software installed yet, so I don't believe it's a driver conflict. But what's odd is that a few weeks ago, with the same setup, everything worked. I tried earlier versions of Nero and the same proble arose again and again.
I think I have a fairly typical setup -- my DVD drive is the master, the NEC is the slave. So as not to conflict with my VPN for work, they're drives Y and Z respectively.
If I can't resolve this soon I guess I will switch to different software - any suggestions? I'd have another audio burner program (Feurio) so I'm mainly interested in DVD copying/authoring; and ideally a backup program.