Well, this is the last place I know to turn for help, as Samsung and Plextor have been no help.
I originally bought a Plextor 755-SA from Newegg, two days before the Samsung came out, at $60 less. I installed the Plextor, and it worked beautifully for 2 days. After that, my read speeds (while importing from a cd in itunes, windows media player, cd-ex, and plextor tools) dropped from 30x to 8x. I have since returned the drive, after talking to a stumped plextor tech.
I've got the samsung now, I installed it yesterday. Right now I cannot import at speeds over 2x. When I use the magic thing (the name escapes me, the tool from samsung's website), I can get the speed up to an amazing 4x. But it only lasts for one song, and then drops back down.
I've got a spare hard drive, so I've tried putting a fresh install of XP on the system, and hooking up the drive. Same thing.
I've flashed my BIOS to the latest version.
I've updated all my drivers.
And now, I'm stumped.
Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated.
Core 2 Duo E6600
Intel 965WHLKR Mobo
2 / 1024 Corsair XMS DDR2 800
36gb Raptor / 500gb SATA-300
EVGA 8800GTS KO w/ 640mb
Creative X-Fi Xtreme Music
Antec TX1050 Case w/ 500 watts
XP Pro w/ SP2