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Problem with dvd drive

I am using Compaq v6000 series Laptop.

Recently I can notice some strange behavior regarding my laptop's DVD drive. Sometime it works, and sometime it doesn't. For example its working at morning, not at night. Sometimes not working at night, but after using my laptop for several hours, it works. Sometime it doesn't work at all, and 2/3 days later working.

More irritating is, when it works, is used to take around 15-20 minutes to copy movies from a DVD drive, where it should take around 2-3 minutes.

Also, when a copying is in progress, I hardly can do anything. It says cpu usages is 90% free, but everything is slowing up. If I try to play any music that time, sound not comes smoothly during copy.

Before changing the drive, i want to get some advice from experts.

thanks
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It does have all the signs of dying - you might want to see if a lens cleaner works in there but I wouldn't be that hopeful.
Does it behave OK with CDs or is that the same (CD reading and DVD reading are separate circuits)?
There's quite a few things you can try on your own.
1) Make sure that your system is up to date with the latest device drivers, etc. from Compaq's website for your specific make and model.

2)Have you checked Event Viewer on this system?
You might try running SFC /SCANNOW or a Repair. SFC SCANNOW takes about fifteen minutes and a Repair about forty minutes.
Both require your OS CD.
SFC SCANNOW
Just insert your OS CD while holding down Shift to prevent autorun.
Release the Shift key after about ten seconds.
Then click Start and in the Run field type SFC /SCANNOW and select OK.
http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html

XP Repair:
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
A Repair is not designed to overwrite data but you should take precautions.
Additionally, while a Repair may correct the issue it may require that you reinstall your most current Service Pack as well as the Hotfixes that accompany it. So I recommend having XPSP3 on disk prior to running a Repair.
If the problem is only under one log in the user profile could possibly be corrupt.
To test, log in as a different user. If the problem does not persist chances are the profile is bad. In that case, you may need to recreate the profile of the user that is experiencing the issue.

3) Make sure that your system is virus free.
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thank you, thank you :-)

you have detected it correctly(yes its PIO there). I was a bit busy to check your solution.
It worked completely with me. I am glad that you are around.

best wishes,
marchent