Thanks for the ideas. JALman, I have Nero, but have yet to figure out how it converts files. Others have told me the same thing. I bought the computer in 2004, so Nero is about 2 years old. Is this a feature added to more recent additions, do you think?
Dean! Have you been shooting dope into your scrotum? You can tell me! I'm hip!
Nero Vision is the program they make that converts AVIs to burnable DVDs.
Like they're recent mp3 encoder though, I've had a lot of problems with audio sync on the finished product, so I recommend "burning to folder" first to test the finished product before recording it to disk in case it gets off sync.
Some of the things I've had to do to keep the sync from getting off is closing all other programs, rebooting, turning off EVERY program not needed (virus scanners too) and even physically disconnecting internet connections to the computer. Sometimes even those aren't enough and I will have to figure out where the sync goes off and edit the original avi to put an opposite sync error into it so that the Nero "mistake" fixes my purposely made error, resulting in an (eventually) watchable DVD).
The part Guru is talking about is the PRAM battery. Instructions for resetting it can be found here. But, given the symptoms, you probably will have better luck trying a reset of the "Cuda" a.k.a. the Power Management Unit.