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Hi all,
recently my DVD/CD Burner has been burning very slow, about 1 month ago I was burning CD's in 5 mins or less, now it take about 20 mins for a full 700MB CD, and this is with the same settings nothing changed. I have tried different media to see if that affected it and nothing, I have used Memorex, Maxwell, HP, Fujitsu, all the same.

My Computer is a Dell Inspiron 6000
2.0 GHz Pentium M
1 GB RAM
80 GB HDD
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Hi alopez426,

Did you change anything in the way you burn your media? Maybe you've turned down the speed accidently, maybe something is running in the background?
Take a look at the task manager to see if anything on your computer is running a high CPU load which might be blocking the writing software to do it's job causing buffer underrruns.

If that seems to be all fine, check the device manager. Open the properties of the IDE controller your writer is using and check the "Advanced settings", make sure it's set to use DMA if available and not PIO mode. (Changing to DMA will require a reboot on most systems)
Windows will switch to PIO mode if errors have been detected using DMA, but sometimes it's too sensitive. If your system switches back to PIO mode too often it might be a reason to assume there's a problem with either the IDE controller or the drive.

Greetings,

LucF
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by:Amaury Lopez
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Hi LucF,
Thanks a lot, the controller was set to PIO, I changed it backt o DMA and it was burning fast again, I heard about this before but I did not know how to change the PIO/DMA settings. I actually had to uninstall the controlled because it was set to PIO Only.

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Thanks
Alopez426
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Glad to help

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