A colleague let me borrow another cable. This one worked like a charm on the XP laptop. Driver didn't recognize on the Win 7 64 bit laptop. Should try it on my win 7 starter netbook to see if it works there. Can you do this burning using Ubuntu (more curious than anything else)? Thank you all for helping on this. I thought I had bricked it. The tech support from digital whatever was non-existant. The procedure needs to be stickied.