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Slow DVD-ROM Drive
mcruiser May-10-01 09:43 PM
First off, I'd like to thank the owner of this site and all the helpful people who have posted in the forum. I just built my new rig and I couldn't believe how smoothly it went. However, nothing ever goes perfectly of course, and I am having DVD-ROM problems. When installing programs from CD's, the process takes at least 3 to 4 times as long as my old machine (just installed FreeSpace 2, took a half an hour!) I know its not my HD, bootup and loading off that puppy is extremely fast.

-the drive is jumpered as a master drive
-it is connected to the secondary IDE channel
-shares IDE channel with Zip drive, but problem existed before zip drive was installed
-tried two different cables, same problem
-drive does not appear as 'secondary master' in 'Standard CMOS Features' in BIOS Setup (probably not important, looks like that is for fixed disks only)
-drive is properly recognized at bootup as Secondary Master IDE Drive
-Audio CD's play properly, Data CD's do not produce errors

Did some troubleshooting, here is the process and results (restarted after all changes):

1. DMA box in device manager initially unchecked, checked DMA box.

Result: Installation of Midtown Madness 2 crashed on two attempts

2. Unchecked DMA box, installed firmware upgrade (for UDMA), checked DMA box again

Result: Even slower, so slow I was too impatient to see if it would crash, cancelled installation at 14%

3. Installed driver from Samsung website (I believe this is the same driver that was already installed but tried it anyway)

Result: No change, still extremely slow, cancelled installation well before finished

4. Unchecked DMA

Result: Back to original slow speed, but faster than the extremely slow speed with box checked

If any body could help I would greatly appreciate it. Also, any advice on freeware benchmarking programs for optical drives?

Thanks in advance.

PC Specs:

Samsung DVD-ROM SD-612
MSI K7T Turbo MB, non-RAID version (support for UDMA)
Athlon 900MHz
256 MB PC133 RAM


1. RE: Slow DVD-ROM Drive
lbyard May-11-01 05:35 PM
In response to message 0
There appears to be some motherboard BIOS upgrades (http://www.msi.com.tw/) that fix DVD drive problems. You might try flashing the BIOS. However, I'll warn you now that you will be taking a chance if you flash the motherboard BIOS and you will be doing it at your own risk. If something goes wrong (e.g., a power outage) during this process you could end-up with an unbootable motherboard. Try setting the CMOS for no drive present for the Secondary Master. Windows should still detect it and install the driver. Try another IDE cable. The drive could be defective. Larry

2. RE: Slow DVD-ROM Drive
mcruiser May-27-01 02:15 AM
In response to message 1
Thanks for the tip, that did the trick.

3. RE: Slow DVD-ROM Drive
lbyard May-27-01 05:15 PM
In response to message 2
Which tip did the trick? Larry

4. RE: Slow DVD-ROM Drive
mcruiser May-28-01 00:43 AM
In response to message 3
the bios upgrade

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