phil, the source for the file is mp3
i was using nero 5, thats because previously i was using nero 6 (not the latest one) but it was still messing up, and i thought i'd revert to the software that came bundled with the burner to make sure that wasnt the problem.
ive not tried other burning software as yet, its all been nero.
i tried a burn at 24x last night with nero 5 and it still messed the first track, the rest of the cd was fine though.
im using pc-line cheapo discs, they say they can take 52x on the packet, but this problem has occured with imation 52x discs and also the more expensive dataline 24x discs.
ive never disabled antivirus or firewall during burning.
ive tried to limit cpu usage by closing apps, and not doing anything during burning, but to no avail.
The burner is connected by ide, im not sure how exactly, it wasnt me that put it in there, its quite possible that it is connected with another hard drive, or maybe the dvd player, im not sure.
im using microsoft drivers, i dont know anything about nvidia drivers, are they better?
as for the mediacode, i'll post that later, im working on getting the stats for you.
thanks for your help so far guys, i appreciate it.