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Help - DVD Drive Slowdown

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Team Greenbaum, Oct 29, 2004.

  1. Team Greenbaum

    Team Greenbaum Millennium Member

    Jul 30, 1999
    I have a Sony 8X DVD+/-RW drive model DW-U18A that I bought from NewEgg 6 months ago. It has worked great up until a week ago when it started running very slowly. It used to rip/read a whole DVD in about 15 minutes but now it takes over an hour. Same thing goes for burning a DVD: it takes about 4 times as long as it used to. Here’s what I've tried so far:

    - Tried multiple programs to confirm it wasn't the software.
    - Searched for new drivers on the Sony site. (There weren't any.)
    - Removed the device via device manager and let Win XP re-install it.

    Any other ideas?

  2. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

    Mar 28, 2001
    SW Oregon
    My Sony CD-RW/DVD-ROM has a speed of 52x/32x/52x/16x, but to access that I am forced to press and hold the single Disk Eject button for 10 seconds or so.

    Until I do that the drive is effectively 40x/32x/40x/8x!

    Imagine my surprise. And on top of that simply delightful function, I even got farked out of the $20 mail-in rebate....:(

    Other than that, though, I have had no problems with this drive, reading or writing in any supported format.

    Perhaps some digging online or in your drive's manual will tell you if your drive has a similar 'function'.

    Good luck,


  3. podwich


    Sep 7, 2000
    Could the lens be dirty? Just throwing out an idea.