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Optical drives slowing down

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by stantley, Jul 11, 2005.

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  1. stantley

    stantley Thread Starter

    May 22, 2005
    I have a Dell Dimension 2400 with Windows XP SP2 and the CD-Rom is a Hitachi-LG (HL-DT-ST CD-ROM GCR-8483B). My other drive is SONY CD-RW CRX216E. I noticed it was taking a lot longer to rip cds with the cd-rom, so I re-ran some benchmarks with Fresh Diagnose. Last year the read speed was 4.28 MB/Sec, now it's 1.66 MB/Sec. There was a newer version of firmware on the Dell download site that I downloaded and installed, but there was no improvement in speed.

    I started using the cd-burner and it would rip at between 30x and 40x, so I didn't notice any slow down like I did with the cd-rom. But I thought I'd run a benchmark on that one too, 4.66 MB/Sec last year, now 2.53 MB/Sec.

    Does anyone what could be causing this? What things could I try to see if I can improve the read speed?
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