View Full Version : Slow PC / crackling sound when accessing DVD drive

06-16-2007, 08:32 AM
Can anyone shed some light on why my PC, which should be no slouch, slows to a crawl when copying files from DVD? I mean, it really slows down, even the mouse pointer jerks about!

The other problem I discovered while playing some music in iTunes (also does it with any other music player). I was installing some software from DVD and every time it accessed the drive, the sound would crackle and sound awful.

Is it just time for a new DVD drive or is this something more sinister?

The file copy performance could be just the fact that Windows is CRAP at copying files elegantly, even with a Quad Core processor it slows down a bit when copying from HD to HD.

Would be good if there was something to try and remedy this!


06-16-2007, 08:59 AM
It may be a dma/pio mode confliction.
Basically you want DMA if possible.

Follow the steps at the bottom of this link to switch to the other mode.


Also check cabling is nice and tight. (Kinda obvious on that one)

06-16-2007, 12:16 PM
Tried that, all in 'DMA if Available'. Still get the sound issue. :(

06-19-2007, 11:51 AM
I had that problem as well. On top of that it took almost an hour to burn a single layer DVD (about 3 gigs). I finally got fed up and bought a SATA DVD Drive (Lightscribe) for $50. The problem is gone now. I would guess it would be whatever driver is running your ATA controller is misconfigured. I've got a MSI board that I had to RMA because of some USB issues as well as it displaying some weird need to restart 3 times before booting when first turned on. Hopefully it'll come back good, otherwise I'll probably have to upgrade to Vista... EEK!


06-19-2007, 12:54 PM
I ended up buying a Pioneer DVR-112 (IDE) which works fine, so I've ordered another to replace the Pioneer DVR-107D I had before.

Gonna test the new one as the 'Master' in the IDE chain, although it's a bit late if exhibits the same behaviour as the old one, I've ordered it already!

I went IDE because I wanna keep my SATA slots free for hard drives, the next thing on the list!