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CD/DVD writer running very slow lately...

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Over the last week I am experiencing an extreme slowness when copying and writing a DVD. In the past, whether I use DVD Shrink or DVD Fab Platinum, it would read the DVD in seconds. Now it takes about 20 minutes or so. To backup the DVD it would take about 10 minutes using either program. Now, it takes about 40-50 minutes and just as long to write in when in the past the writing was never more than say 20 minutes. Will a DVD writer slow fail or just quit or could this be the result of a software problem? Here is some information about my computer to assist you:

Operating System System Model
Windows XP Media Center Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600) HP Pavilion 061 RJ181AA-ABA a1600n 0nx1114RE101NODM300
System Serial Number:
Enclosure Type: Desktop
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
2.00 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core
256 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: ASUSTek Computer INC. NODUSM3 1.05
Serial Number:
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 3.07 08/02/2006
Drives Memory Modules c,d
200.03 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
137.52 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

TSSTcorp CD/DVDW TS-H652M [CD-ROM drive]

Generic- Compact Flash USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 1
Generic- MS/MS-Pro USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 4
Generic- SD/MMC USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 3
Generic- SM/xD-Picture USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 2
WDC WD2000JS-60NCB1 [Hard drive] (200.05 GB) -- drive 0 3520 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'A0' has 1024 MB
Slot 'A1' has 1024 MB
Slot 'A2' has 1024 MB
Slot 'A3' has 1024 MB
Local Drive Volumes

c: (NTFS on drive 0) 190.54 GB 136.52 GB free
d: (FAT32 on drive 0) 9.49 GB 1.00 GB free
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