problem with dvd burning

Micro-star international / Ms-7309
November 2, 2009 at 20:37:56
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.109 GHz / 2047 MB
Hi guys I have this strange problem ever since I assembled my new rig about 2 years ago.
When I do a fresh install of windows xp there is no problem with dvd burning. It usually takes about 4-5 mins at 16*. However inevetably from few days later it would take more than an hour to burn a dvd. Either I have to do system restore or reinstall the xp to solve the problem. This thing has happened again and again. Changing the copy of xp or replacing the prevoius lg dvd drive with a new one from moaser baer has not helped. I repeat everything is okay for the first few days after a fresh install of xp before it becomes utterly horrible. I cannot make anything of it. Any help guys fom you will be highly appreciated.
I have:
amd 4000+ dual core
motherboard- Msi Ms-7309
seagate hard disk 500gb, 160gb
nvidia 9800gt 512 mb
2gb ram
moaser baer dvd drive

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#1
November 2, 2009 at 23:40:20
greenfrog, SWAG, since all seems well for a few days, it sounds like something is filling up available memory. Index.dat? Maybe reading it slows down the DVD read?
A common ailment is a file called 'index.dat'. It gets read every time and can take quite a while if it’s too bloated. It's like a log file and keeps a record of every site you visit on the web. Empty, it's 32K, but it can grow HUGE. It's a protected file and can't be deleted by normal methods. CCleaner (free @: http://www.ccleaner.com/) can get rid of it when it’s ticked (not to worry, it gets rebuilt EMPTY on the next boot.). May not be your deal at all, but won’t cause any harm to try.
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#2
November 3, 2009 at 14:41:14
Since you are using XP Pro you cannot natively burn a
DVD. It is possible to do by installing a DVD drive and using third party burning software. You neglected to tell us what burning package you were using. The problem is probably with the software you are using to burn (Nero, Roxio etc). Give us more info and maybe we can help you.

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#3
November 3, 2009 at 17:43:47
Hi I have always used the nero 7 ultra edition but a few times I have used ashampoo burning studio without any improvement. These are the things I have done to get rid of the problem:
1. Change the copy of xp
2. Changed the dvd drive
3. Use different burning softwares
Sadly without any result.


I do not use internet explorer and the index.dat file was 0 kb. Anyway I removed it with cc cleaner but the problem still remains. What intrigues me most that a system restore to some previous date solves the problem.


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#4
November 3, 2009 at 23:41:57
greenfrog, since restore seems to put things right, used up memory seems even more likely to me. Sadly, I don't know what to suggest. Perhaps different software?
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#5
November 4, 2009 at 07:32:17
Do you think it has something to do with DMA? After restore I cheked the primary Ide CHANNEL and there in the option I saw dma if available. I think prior to sustem restore the selected setting was PIO or something.

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