View Full Version : dvd discs slow my system down

24-11-2005, 09:11 PM
Whenever i put a dvd disc in my drive that isnt blank, or pressed, my system grinds to a halt, as soon as its removed my system carries on.

what the hell is going on?

24-11-2005, 10:23 PM
it doesnt matter if i use linux, windows, or if its before post
if theres a dvd in the drive my system wont continue

24-11-2005, 10:42 PM
Can you give us details on your computers specs?
CPU, OS, RAM, DVD Drive model etc

24-11-2005, 11:13 PM
silly me;

AthlonXp barton 2600+
2x512MB ddr400 ram
BTC dvd 16xdvd burner Dual layer
fresh install of windwos XP SP2

i was having the exact same problem with my previous install of windows,
and my old 12x dvd rom drive

24-11-2005, 11:27 PM
right click My Computer / select properties / Device Manager / IDE/ATAPI Controllers / Primary IDE Controller & Secondary IDE Controllers. Are they both set to DMA under the Advanced Settings?

anyway sleep calls

25-11-2005, 12:45 AM
'DMA if available'

25-11-2005, 06:30 AM
What IDE channel do you have the optical drive on - Primary/Secondary and Master/Slave? You using a 40 or 80 wire IDE cable? What are the BIOS settings?

25-11-2005, 09:27 AM
how do i find out?

25-11-2005, 05:04 PM
Who installed your new DVD optical drive?

If you enter the BIOS during startup by tapping F8 to enter setup, you should see which drives (hard drive included) are on what IDE channel according to the BIOS. Depending upon your BIOS brand/version, you should be able to expand each IDE device for further details where you can see if the BIOS settings shows DMA or PIO Mode.

You can also open up the case and see what combination of devices are on what IDE channel (and whether the hard drive and optical drive share the same IDE cable). 80-wire IDE cables have 80 very fine lines across the width of the ribbon.

26-11-2005, 02:01 PM
I installed the drive
the drive is on the secondary IDE channel as Master.
i dont know if i have 80 or 40 wire IDE, but from what i can make out, there are no faint lines. im putting my money on 40-wire ide


didnt relise i was soo far zoomed out on the wikipedia iamge of the 2 cables.
i without a doubt have 40-wire ide

Speedy Gonzales
26-11-2005, 03:22 PM
You can tell the diff.

80 wire has a blue connector which goes to the mobo connection.

40 wire doesn't have a blue connector.

Both have stripes on one side, this goes to pin one on the mobo.

26-11-2005, 03:42 PM
i definetly have 40-pin ide

any ideas on how to fix the slowdowns?

26-11-2005, 03:56 PM
40-wire shouldn't make a difference, I was more interested in whether your hard drive was on the same channel as the optical drive.

Did you have a look at the BIOS settings for that drive?

Speedy Gonzales
26-11-2005, 04:01 PM
I have a feeling that DVD burner is dodgy.

Looks like ppl are having a lot of probs with BTC. Like here (http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windowsxp.general/browse_thread/thread/f72e2cce7a78910d/b3f3e9b4a2e20635%23b3f3e9b4a2e20635?sa=X&oi=groupsr&start=0&num=2)

If its under warranty, take it back, and get it replaced with something like an ASUS dvd burner.

26-11-2005, 04:04 PM
I have a feeling that DVD burner is dodgy.

Looks like ppl are having a lot of probs with BTC. Like here (http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windowsxp.general/browse_thread/thread/f72e2cce7a78910d/b3f3e9b4a2e20635%23b3f3e9b4a2e20635?sa=X&oi=groupsr&start=0&num=2)
The complicating part, is that this has occured with two different optical drives now.

Do you have a spare machine which you can try the DVD drive in as well?

26-11-2005, 04:11 PM
the onyl spare machines i have are like 150mhz

but ill probably be able to try on my mates computer sometime this coming week.


id just like to add that for the longest time i can remember, my 20x12x48x CD burner has been limited to burning at 16x
and my 16x dvd drive (which i only recently got a month ago) refused to burn at anythign higher than 4x on 8x media

28-11-2005, 03:40 PM
Ok, ive tried all teh discs on someone elses comptuer and the ones that are UDF work, the other ones do NOT.

Graham L
28-11-2005, 03:51 PM
Did you get Nero with the DVD drive? Did you install it? With INCD?

INCD seems to be capable of locking up Windows OSs. :D

28-11-2005, 05:45 PM
fresh windows install for me, i think my mate has nero installed, and i had nero installed on my previous windows install.

29-11-2005, 10:51 PM