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    Slow desktop while burning a CD?

    Dell 2350 P4 2.2 w/XP
    60GB HD (Seagate 7200 from Dell)
    1GB PC2100 (Kingston)
    40X CDR-W (Samsung)
    Software: Roxio


    I thought P4 and XP were designed for multitasking! If I'm burning a CD, that's pretty much all I can do. If I'm online, the page takes a bit longer to load, and the scroll function is choppy. If I'm working on a word processing document, the text takes a few seconds to appear, so if I make a mistake the backspace takes forever (even Mavis Beacon couldn't teach me 100% ).

    Is this just something I have to live with while burning a CD?

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    Make sure you have UDMA enabled in your seconday and primary ide controllers in your hardward manager in winxp.

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    When you are burning a cd the cpu, hard drive, and the burner are busy making that cd. Running other programs interupts them. To make it worse you already have programs running in the backgroud (look at your systray). Be glad you have burn proof technology on your burner so you won't end up with a coaster.

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    Originally posted by thronka
    Make sure you have UDMA enabled in your seconday and primary ide controllers in your hardward manager in winxp.
    How do I do that?

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    ^^still confused about that!

    Back up top!

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    Senior Member consumertalks's Avatar
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    That looked promising, but the settings were already there.

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    Originally posted by consumertalks


    How do I do that?
    Right Click on My Computer -> Select Manage

    Click on Device Manager in the left pane - notice that device listing shows up in the right pane

    (this part gets kinda vague since I'm working with an NT box right now)

    Click on the + sign next to IDE controllers (Might be called something else)

    Select Primary IDE controller then hit properties. Within one of these tabs you can enable DMA (or UDMA - not sure what XP will call it)

    If you see SCSI controller but no IDE controllers write back. It's likely that Dell is using SCSI emulation and you won't be able to make adjustments to DMA anyway.

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    I've got a slowish PC. I don't even risk doing anything else while burning!

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    Senior Member consumertalks's Avatar
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    Scott Tiger, that's what GroundZero3 suggested, it's already set up like that.

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    edit: right sorry forgot its a brand name computer. Thanks for catching that Jon!
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    THAT will void his warranty.

    I would try to reduce the amount of programs running by removing any non-essential programs from your STARTUP folder in your ALL PROGRAMS list. MOST programs are non-essential. Even most peripheral software is not needed for the devices to work correctly.

    Next is to check your Registry for the other programs running. Being a Dell, I'll bet there are a ton in there. RUN: "REGEDIT" then follow this path (clicking the "+" signs):
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
    SOFTWARE
    MICROSOFT
    WINDOWS
    CURRENT VERSION

    then click the RUN folder. There you will find a list of items running on startup...

    BUT WAIT! I FORGOT! XP Has MSConfig back...so let's try that instead, that way IF something you do remove causes undesired results, they can be re-enabled MUCH easier.

    RUN: "MSCONFIG"

    Click the StartUp TAB. Uncheck each item you would like to remove. If SysTray is there, DO NOT uncheck that one. I don't think XP has that one listed there, though. If you don't know what the program is, stretch the COMMAND column to see where the program lies on your hard drive. That will often tell you what is is through the directory names. If you still don't know, try doing a quick google search for the filename.

    You can probably uncheck everything you see there [System Configuration Utilty]. Though if you have Antivirus or software Firewall, you may not want to disable those unless you want to load them manually as needed.

    If something doesn't work the way it did (and you gotta have that function), you can re-check the item to reload the software upon your next boot...
    Last edited by SiliconJon; July 10th, 2003 at 02:39 PM.

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    Where's the beef? Scott Tiger's Avatar
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    Originally posted by consumertalks
    Scott Tiger, that's what GroundZero3 suggested, it's already set up like that.
    Hahaha... Guess I should learn to read! I never even saw that..
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