Thanks for the reply. That CD-R write speed is amazing. My current drive starts burning CD-R's at 10X and doesn't get to 24X until it's practically at 700MB. On reading back the Fuji Taiyo Yuden's I have burned, my current drive starts at 7X and creeps up to about 16X, if I'm really lucky on that day. I'm dumbfounded that my current drive reads back slower than it writes.
I've been trying to figure out what to replace my current drive with, and while doing research, I came across info on the DVR-K15 and DVR-K05, but until now nowhere did I find what the write start speed was on CD-R's.
Could you please tell me what the read start speed is for CD-R's and CD-ROMs? I don't think my Asus Laptop will dissamble and reassemble as easily as your Dell, and before I go on a long quest to find disassembly and reassembly instructions for it somewhere on the internet, I want to be fairly sure that I am improving the read speeds also.
Thanks for all of your help.