I though maybe it was because my computer was running very slow (CPU usage at 100% when burning cds). Within the last week I had someone look at my computer. He completely cleaned it up, removing a number of viruses, upgrading software, etc. It runs fantastic now, but the static problem still persists. I am able to make data cd's as well as read and rip from cds, so I don't think it is the drive. I also purchased an external cd-r drive, but I keep getting run errors whenever I try to use it.
I have a Compaq Presario 2135 US laptop. The cd drive is a QSI SBW-241.