It takes literally a couple of minutes for the drive to recognize I have a disc in there, and for the disc's icon to appear on the drive in 'My Computer'.
During the time I put the disc in and it shows up on the computer, the drive will make loud reading sounds and lag up the whole computer - the green light of the drive also lights up at the front.
Under device manager, it says I have these installed:
elby clonedrive scsi cdrom device
lite-on dvdrw lh-20a1p ata device
even though it is one single dvd/cd drive.
I have the dvd/cd drive connected by ide cable with my hd, and a 2nd hd connected with a sata adapter.
What could be the problem?
The laser usually either reads the disc or it doesn't. It still recognizes the disc, it just takes a while. That's why I'm wondering what the rest of the hardware is. If it's 512mb of RAM, and a low end CPU, that's for sure the reason.
Well i had a dvd writer at the time i had a single core CPU and 512 MB of RAM (DDR BTW).. I am still using that drive with my upgraded rig comprising of a C2D and 4 gigs of RAM (DDR2) and haven't noticed any performance difference.. IMO if there is problem reading or seeking the disc then its a problem with either the drive or the media and in very rare case, a virus or OS/software issue causing the drive to under perform..