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Slow CD-ROM after installing CD-R/W drive

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    I have a P-III, 500Mhz. I have a Samsung CD-ROM Drive Samsung CD-ROM SC-152B. It used to run fine until I also installed a Samsung CD-R/RW drive. Now my CD-ROM drive has become so slow that it cannot transfer data unless DMA is enabled on that drive. My vendor says that there is no problem with either drives. But the CD-ROM drive has become very slow. I have used lens cleaner but without any result. Also when a CD is rotating in the CD-R/RW drive, somtimes it stops with a screeching sound. Please advice me what should be done to speed up the drive.
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by:Luc Franken
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One thing you can try, try reversing the master and slave.

Also, I don't know the exact model on your writer, but see what ATA level it supports, if it's lower than the ATA level on your cd-rom station it will also slow it down.

If you still have room, I suggest you place the cd-rom drive on the same IDE-channel as your Harddrive and put the burner on it's own on the second IDE-channel.

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chicagoan earned 100 total points
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Have you tried swapping master and slave settings on these drives if they're on the same channel or putting them on different channels?

I'd also boot to safe mode, delete them both and allow them to be re-detected after a reboot.

Why do you need DMA disabled?

 
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by:Shwetabh_Goel
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The model of my CD writer is Samsung SW-232B. Also I do not want to disable DMA but I asked about it because, I was not able to activate DMA before the CD writer was installed. The CD-ROM drive worked perfectly at that time.
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by:Callandor
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It might be a power draw on the drive by the new cd writer.  How big is the power supply?  Do you know if the cd writer works properly?  I ask because when you have problems after installing new equipment, you have to eliminate the possibility that the new equipment just plain doesn't work.
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