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Cd Drive Has Slowed Down

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#1 rizqe


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Posted 12 April 2008 - 12:16 PM

Hello, bleepingcomputer community,

There's something wrong with my DVD Drive. When I play a DVD on my laptop, it doesn't play smoothly - it's quite choppy. It wasn't like this before.

Also, the burning speed has slowed down a lot. It now takes twice as much time as before. It also takes more time to copy a file from a CD/DVD to the laptop.

Here are computer's properties:
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition Version 2002
Service pack 2
Dell Inspiron MXC061
Genuine Intel® CPU
T2300 @ 1.66GHz
0.99 GB of RAM

DVD Rom:
I'm not sure about this:

Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Edited by rizqe, 12 April 2008 - 12:20 PM.

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#2 pip22


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Posted 12 April 2008 - 02:45 PM

Try running the 'Disk Defragmenter" tool (disable file-access antivirus and screensaver before running it, otherwise it will never finish)

Also ensure that the IDE channel the DVD drive is on is set to 'DMA' and not 'PIO' mode. You can check/alter this in Device Manager->"IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers".
Double-click the channel to which the DVD drive is attached (usually it's the 'secondary IDE channel'), then click the 'Advanced' tab. Set "Transfer mode" to "DMA if available" then reboot.

Edited by pip22, 12 April 2008 - 02:53 PM.

#3 DaChew


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Posted 12 April 2008 - 03:15 PM


check your dma

to fix read the guide if the simple reset doesn't work

Edited by DaChew, 12 April 2008 - 03:17 PM.


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#4 mommabear


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Posted 12 April 2008 - 05:34 PM

I've had to reset my DMA from time to time and sometimes it wouldn't stick. This reg file from cdfreaks forum does it for me. I keep it in my Tools folder for when I need it again.

"Use at your own Risk"

The credit for this goes to jamie (burnatonce developer)

Have used this little reg file a couple of times when XP has dropped into PIO mode after lots of re-tries.
Just download , double click the file and voila! you can select once again"DMA mode if available"

Rename the file from .txt to .reg before double clicking


#5 rizqe

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Posted 13 April 2008 - 10:52 AM


Thank you so much for your help. I did pip22's and DaChew's suggestions, and they've helped. My DVD-Rom is working fine right now!

Mommabear, I've saved your suggestion for future use. I'm sure it'll come in handy.

Thank you once again! Problem solved! :thumbsup:

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