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DVD drive on laptop very slow


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I have an "HP Special Edition L2000" laptop, and the DVD drive included is the "TSSTCorp TS-L532R"

When I play videos directly from a DVD, very often they stop for a second, like it hasn't quite loaded yet (similar to a streaming video you don't let load before playing). Also when I transfer files from the DVD, it seems to take an aweful long time. An almost full DVD takes up tp an hour and a half to transfer onto the hard drive.

Thanks!
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Any help?
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what speed does it say? 8x? etc
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The next time your copying with that drive, I would bring up task manager and check the cpu and memory useage. I would also check to see how much virtual memory you have:

start>control panel>system>advanced>performance>settings >advanced

I'm wondering if DMA should be activated for that drive. I checked my Gateway laptop and DMA is activated for both IDE chanels. To check it:

control panel>system>hardware>device manager

expand 'IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers

right click on the Primary and Secondary IDE chanels>advanced settings

If PIO is selected, you might want to try DMA and see if it makes a difference.

I would also update all of the drivers.
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Hmm, my CPU usage is at 100% when copying...
I have 1344MB Virtual Memory

And the only DMA options it gives me is "DMA if available" which it was already set to.
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Something else is utilizing that cpu I would think. If it were me I would do a thorough sweep for virus's and spyware. SpySweeper and Spyware Doctor are the two best out there. I've been using SpySweeper for a few years now and highly reccomend it. At $29.95, it's a bargain. Much better than the free ones. I like free Avast for virus problems. You could also follow the anti-spyware directions on this website. First I would run CleanUp to get rid of junk files:

http://www.stevengou...ftware/cleanup/

You might want to shut down utilities in the lower right corner when copying. Right click on an icon and select shutdown. If it's taking that long I would shut down the anti-virus program and anti-spyware program. If your running any Norton or McAfee program, that could be your problem. I usually recomend getting rid of Noron and McAfee programs.

When's the last time you ran the Defragmentor?

You might want to run MSCONFIG to prevent certain programs from starting up:

start>run> type 'msconfig'>startup

by unchecking something it won't start the next time you boot up. I usually keep anti-virus, anti-spyware, ups related stuff. But stuff like quicktime and update manager for Adobe can be unchecked. If your not sure what something is, do a search on google for it or post it here and we'll tell you if you can uncheck it.

How much RAM do you have? What size CPU?
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I completely forgot....to see whats using the cpu (when copying), goto Task Manager>processes and click on cpu once or twice. It'll jump around so watch it for awhile.
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My system is clean, I did a sweep and ran my virus scanner. Maybe defragmenting the drive might help a bit...

Also, the tasks that take up the most CPU when copying are explorer.exe and, sometimes ati2evxx.exe pops up in the high CPU usage, which I believe is my graphics driver... which makes NO sence to me.

My basic specs are:
1.6GHz AMD Turion 64
896MB RAM (the box said 1GB...)
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Have you check for any Updated drivers for your Video Card..?
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I just checked now, I can't find a driver for it at all. I am pretty sure I have the latest version though...

it's a ATI Radeon™ Xpress 200M, driver version 6.14.10.6539
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how much free space and what percentage of free space do you have on the hardrive?
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currently 2.5GB out of 75GB is free.

But, when I started transfering data onto the laptop Via DVD, I had 30GB free. The problem was there at that time as well.
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Here's an interesting speed test by Nero. I tried the very top one. It will display the speed of your drive. You'll need a winzip utility to unzip it. Post back here if you have any problems with unzipping it:

http://www.cdspeed20...k=download.html

I'm going to watch '24' will post back about that free space.....
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So it looks like free space is not an issue. Did you try that speed test? I tried 4.7.0.0 and ran it briefly. It seems to work and display the speed of the drive.

I'm pretty sure I upgraded the firmware of my DVD drive a few years ago. You might want to search on your drive model + firmware download. I'll see if I can find it....
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I'm wondering if deleting the upper and lower filters in the Registry would help in this situation. Anyone out there know?
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