DLA is a separate program from Sonic Recordnow or whatever your normal program is. You can uninstall DLA completely in Add/Remove progams. Even the regular Windows CD burning wizard is better than DLA, IMHO.
What brand of media are you using? You said 16x CD-Rs? I mean just about any store has 40-50x CD-Rs these days.
Please post back and let me know if you need more help.
I may check and see if I can get a Roxio, some of my CD's I have done on the Roxio will work right away on this Sonic some will not, but if you check the DLA and explore it will open most of the time, the main problem now is I cannot copy a cd that I make with the Sonic to a DVD. Thanks for the help.