Reasons for CD drive working slowly
What are the reasons for CD driver performing slowly on a computer?
Sometimes the CD drive on your computer may work slowly, meaning it will take more time to read contents on a CD. Actually the CD drive head will be moving slowly. To fix this issue you have to change the PIO mode to DMA mode. This will make your CD drive work faster. When you burn a CD on Windows, it uses Direct Memory Access (DMA) to burn a CD. So this will allow you to insert a large amount of data on to the CD by using a little CPU memory. DMA will help you to burn your CD faster. The CD drive may automatically switch to PIO mode due to errors. It requires lot of CPU memory to work and it will slow down the burning process. Burning CD in PIO mode will take more than one hour to burn. So you have to switch the drive back to DMA mode.
Reasons for CD drive performing slowly:
- Software installation failure
- CD scratches
- CD drives performance issue
Software installation failure
When you try to install any software using a particular CD, the installation will fail if your CD drive is working slowly. This is because the CD drive head will take time to read the content on the CD. As it is working slowly, it will not be able to read content correctly. Then the installation will be timed out and you cannot run the software that you were trying to install.
CD drive will work slowly if the CD is scratched. In that case, you can use a CD repair kit to repair the CD. It will repair and clean upto 99 percent of scratched CDs. It will provide three different sets of wheels such as repair, cleaning and buffering. This will remove scratches very easily. So you need to open the lid and put three drops of solution on the wheel. Then insert the scratched CD and press ‘Repair’. This will automatically restore the damaged disc. Then you can use the CD on the drive and it will work faster.
The performance of the CD drive will become slow due to shifting of DMA mode to PIO mode. So you have to change the mode to DMA. For that, open Device Manager using the Run command ‘devmgmt.msc’ and expand 'IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers'. Right click on the 'Primary IDE channel' and select 'Properties'. In that select the 'Advanced Settings' tab and go to entry labeled 'Transfer Mode'. Then click on the drop down list and select ‘DMA if available’ and press ‘Ok’. Restart your computer and now the CD drive will be in DMA mode.
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