PC runs slowly when reading from DVD

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by jweaver, Mar 18, 2003.

  1. jweaver

    jweaver Guest

    Until recently, I would use my PC when reading from DVD (Say using Nero)

    I should say that I am running XP.

    However, something is changed and I don't know what.

    Now, when I am 'reading', the PC runs slowly.. Windows visibly refresh slowly and using explorer is impossible as its just too slow.

    As soon as the read stops, the PC instantly returns to to normal.

    Does anyone have ANY suggestions?
  2. jonifen

    jonifen pffff...

    are you copying from the DVD to the hard drive?
    it could just be the activity on the hard drive that is slowing the system down...

    what is your system spec?
  3. XP Abuser

    XP Abuser Guest


    how much mem you got, i suggest looking for a firmware update (sometimes it can improve performance)

    is the dvd scratched. and you have to take into consideration the data on a dvd and the amount of data that takes off a second.

    BTW what specs your pc:)
  4. jweaver

    jweaver Guest

    Spec (memory in particular), shouldn't be a problem and firmware isn't the issue, as I have the latest firmware all round.

    The disk I am reading is brand new, but its a general problem with ALL disks.

    I must admit that I AM worried that this is a hard-drive problem, as I am having another problem with reading DV in from my Camcorder and Video Editing in general running slowly too.

    My spec is as follows

    ASUS KT333 MB with RAID
    512M memory
    AMD XP 2000 CPU
    Geforce 4 Graphics Card
    Pioneer 106 DVD Reader (On Primary channel as standalone)
    Plextor CD Writer (On Secondary Channel)
    Pioneer 104 Writer (On Secondary Channel)
    2xLarge HDs running on RAID controller.

    The 106 is on the Primary as Standalone, so that I can benifit from its UDMA-4 mode.. The other 2 drives only run at UDMA-2, so they share a channel together.

    I forgot to mention that I checked all 3 CD/DVD drives and they are running in DMA instead of PIO/
  5. XP Abuser

    XP Abuser Guest

    it could be windows waiting for the drive to initialize and theres not much that can be done

    your firmware version should be 1.22 here if it aint
  6. jweaver

    jweaver Guest

    Not sure what you mean by 'waiting for the drive to initialize'.

    I already have the latest Pioneer Firmware and everything has been working fine.. For over a year.

    Its just recently that I have noticed the PC running like a dog when I have been reading from DVD.

    I get the same problem reading from my DVD reader AND my writer, so I don't think that its a problem with my reader as such.. More likely an ASPI or DMA type problem.
  7. jonifen

    jonifen pffff...

    noticing that you have a pioneer dvd writer, im guessing that when you say you're copying content from a DVD to your harddrive, you're not actually copying and pasting it, but are ripping the dvd to the hard drive in order to burn it to a cd (i.e. make a copy of a DVD). If this is the case, then chances are it WILL make your system run slow, as I've copied DVDs on a different PC before and when it reads the DVD content to the HDD, the PC runs fairly laggy - its a celly 1.3ghz, 512mb ram, 16x dvd etc.

    im guessing that when it burns the content (if you are actually copying a dvd), the pc isnt so laggy (if at all)??
  8. killerk

    killerk Guest

    I have the same issue with the same pioneer drive,

    It seems like the drive does not respond for up to 1 minute after accessing it. I have swapped everything - and have all of the updates. I have just learned to live with it.

    It was working fine when I had 98 on my comp. Memory is not an issue for me either. (I have plenty of it and have also swapped it out) -

    This is not a software conflict as it happens in WMP after reinstalling the OS.
  9. jonifen

    jonifen pffff...

    everyone comments that it worked fine in win98... that kinda thing happens cuz win98 needs less power... and its a completely different O/S - 98 is DOS-based and XP is NT-based.
  10. jweaver

    jweaver Guest

    I owe you all a huge appology.. The drive WAS running in PIO mode after all.

    My 2 writers (on the secondary channel) were running UDMA2, but the reader was PIO.

    I was sure that I had checked, but I clearly didn't.

    It took me a while to get it back to UDMA4, I had to delete the IDE device under 'device manager' and when the IDE came back, it was now UDMA4 again.

    Now when I read from the DVD (Whether it be ripping a movie, or reading in a data disk), I can still use the PC at the same time.

    Thanks for all your help and sorry that I have wasted your time.

  11. killerk

    killerk Guest

    Thanks captain obvious.
  12. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    dont worry bout it m8.....u got it fixed + that is all that matters:happy: