Thanks for the advice. Here are the results:
- Install the Plextor 48x drive as MASTER on the SECONDARY IDE chain, no SLAVE drive attached.
This is the way I originally had this set up, didn't solve the problem.
Updating the drivers for your VIA chipset, see www.viaarena.com for the latest 4-in-1 drivers (I believe they're now called Hyperion drivers).
Tried this last night, didn't solve the problem.
- As a last resort you can try updating the BIOS of your Epox motherboard. This is of course done at your own risk..
Also, tried this last night after the VIA drivers update and failed test burn. WHOHOOOO!!! It seemed to solve the problem.
So I'm not sure if it was the BIOS update alone or the combination of the BIOS update and the VIA drivers update that solved the problem. My prior BIOS date was only 2 years old.
Anyway problem solved, Thanks for the great advice! I will definitely inform others with CD writing problems of this forum.