HELP! CD & DVD Drives slow down my system!

Hi guys... I need some help - haven't been able to fix this.

Whenever I'm using my CD or DVD drive (either reading or writing), everything on the computer slows down. It's particularly noticeable when I'm in iTunes or Windows Media Player - the audio becomes choppy and slow and the video lags. It means I can't listen to audio when I'm burning something...

This is a relatively new problem - it wasn't doing this about a month ago. I think what changed was that I installed Nero 7 (although I'm not sure). I've gone back to Nero 6.6, but it still does it with no improvement.

Thanks in advance!

FunkyMan

COMPUTER SPECS:
CHIP:
3.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
16 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
DRIVES:
320.07 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
174.32 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space
ATAPI CDRW 52X32 [CD-ROM drive]
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4120B [CD-ROM drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]
MOTHERBOARD:
Board: Intel Corporation D865GBF AAC28140-405
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
MEMORY:
1024 Megabytes Installed Memory
Slot 'J6G1' has 512 MB
Slot 'J6G2' has 512 MB
Slot 'J6H1' is Empty
Slot 'J6H2' is Empty
HDD:
c: (NTFS on drive 0) 80.02 GB 50.39 GB free
d: (NTFS on drive 0) 80.02 GB 69.60 GB free
e: (NTFS on drive 1) 160.04 GB 54.33 GB free
DISPLAY:
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500 [Display adapter]
Samsung SyncMaster [Monitor] (17.1"vis, s/n HCJX729401, July 2004)
SOUND:
SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio
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More about help drives slow system
  1. Are your drives in DMA or PIO mode??? Check via device manager///IDE channels//Advanced Settings.
  2. I'm not sure how to tell which IDE channel the drives are on, however these are the settings in the Device Manager:

    Primary IDE Channel (#1) - DMA if available
    Primary IDE Channel (#2) - DMA if available
    Secondary IDE Channel (#1) - PIO only
    Secondary IDE Channel (#2) - DMA if available

    Again, not sure which channel the two drives are on.
    What should these be set to?
  3. Open Device Manager on your PC.

    Uninstall your two IDE channels located under IDE controllers.

    Reboot, let windows re install the IDE controllers and all should be good.

    Dont go installing them damn intel chipset drivers again :lol:

    Let us know if it works for ya?
  4. your secondary ide channel #1 is set to pio only.
    Change it to dma if available and you should notice a major speed increase
  5. Set your burner on a different IDE than your primary HD(one with Windows). Don't share the same cable.
  6. Quote:
    Open Device Manager on your PC.

    Uninstall your two IDE channels located under IDE controllers.

    Reboot, let windows re install the IDE controllers and all should be good.

    Dont go installing them damn intel chipset drivers again :lol:

    Let us know if it works for ya?


    Curtis -

    THANK YOU THANK YOU!

    It worked perfectly! I can't believe it was that simple!

    The reason I installed the new Intel drivers was because my computer kept crashing on SP2 until I upgraded my motherboard drivers. Obviously that cause other problems.

    Anyway, works perfectly now. Thanks!

    To everyone else who replied - thanks! I'll try your suggestions anyway to speed things up!
  7. No problem mate, Glad it worked for you :wink:
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