it WAS working, but isn't now! How could that be a problem then? AND I just came up with the same error message running it thru the burner and the burner still works, it had to be the drive.
Yeah, the drive's shot. I'm trying the one in the old dell for a minute to make sure nothing else is screwed up.
EDIT: Aaand it worked. Same cables, everything. It was a bad drive.