Peculiar USB Performance w/Ext DVD Burner

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winbob

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I've used external USB HD's with my HP ZV5000 Laptop for a long time, and performance seemed(?) reasonable with file transfers, and media playing. Now I have a Sony ext DVD burner attached and 'its' performance is pitiful on this USB.

Burning a DVD from an ISO (w/Nero 6) stored on the native laptop HD to the USB burner takes 30+ minutes! :eek:

The same Burner attached to my son's Desktop PC burns an image in 6 minutes!

I have gotta believe that the USB on the laptop is running as a USB1 somehow, although I do not get any msgs about attaching a high speed device to a low speed USB?

Looking in Device Mgr is telling me nada. I uninstalled all USB devices and rebooted for a reinstall with the same results.

The BIOS offers no USB options at all. Googling brought no joy as well :(

Any suggestions would be appreciated!
 
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You may have to go to device manager and update the driver on your USB. When I first got my external DVD burner it was slow because my USB was 1.1. I installed a USB card in my desktop, and it worked good. Later on I was messing around and updated the driver and it sped up the onboard USB ports.
 

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After some more research and experimentation I'm wondering if "RES.EXE" isn't my problem? I stopped the application and then retried a burn. It appeared to be really cranking along...not at the 6 minute rate of my kid's PC, but reasonably fast.

However....the Lappie froze solid at about 25% complete! I had to reboot. :mad: Sooo, after more Googling of RES.EXE, I found a bunch of articles alluding to RES.EXE being a bad boy!!!

Here's some examples using; RES.EXE PROCESS:

http://virusinfo.prevx.com/pxparall.asp?PXC=8b8914362610

http://forum.tweakxp.com/forum/Topic166692-3-1.aspx#bm166756

Anyone know the real story about RES.EXE ???
 

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I found this:
res.exe is a process which belongs to the USB Storage Toolbox. This program is a non-essential process, but should not be terminated unless suspected to be causing problems.
OTOH, I don't have that file on my system anywhere. :) What happens if you remove it?
 

winbob

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John, the "what happens if you remove it" part, is in Post #3, the laptop will randomly freeze solid during a burn. ...no joy there!

So it seems like slow burns, or coasters half the time :(

My boy thinks a "fresh install" will heal all problems?
 

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Try downloading Nero CD-DVD Speed and running it to see what it clocks in at using that drive. It'll be obvious if it's running at USB 1.1 speeds.
 
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