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Help! Installing external DVD-RW slows computer down horribly
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Posted on 03/09/2006 10:05:48 PM PST by GB

I am hoping some of my Freeper brethren can help me out here.

We have a Dell Dimension 2350 (I think that's the model, it's a 2300 series), 2.2 ghZ P4, 512 MB of RAM. I recently added an external Lite-On DVD-RW drive, that is connected into one of the back USB ports. I love the drive, I went with the external rather than the internal because we're probably going to get a new computer pretty soon, that I hope will be equipped with an internal drive, in which case I'll pass this drive along to my wife whose Dell laptop only has a CD/DVD-ROM, no burner.

FYI, the computer is also equipped with a DVD-ROM and a CD-RW drive, both internal, came from Dell that way.

The thing is, since installing the external drive, it has slowed down the overall performance of our computer tremendously. It has slowed down Internet surfing worst of all. We are still on a dial-up connection, will be going DSL or cable shortly since those things are now available to us, but with the "accelerator" from our ISP (EarthLink) we've always gotten respectable dial-up Internet performance. Now it has slowed to an absolute crawl where it takes forever to load a page.

I know that this drive was responsible. When we installed it, it started showing up in our system tray as a USB storage device, with the little green icon. I finally had enough and went through the "safely remove hardware" spiel, which means the drive no longer shows up in My Computer even though it's still hooked up. And since then, the computer performance has picked up to where it was. Although I will toss this out, a while back we purchased one of those Canon three-in-one (scanner, copier, printer) units and hooked it into one of the USB ports as well, and as long as it's on ... and showing up as a USB storage device as well (it has memory card slots, for what that's worth) ... our computer was running slightly slower than it did before, but not as dramatically as when we hooked up this external drive.

Can anyone give me any idea of what's going on here? Are there some USB conflicts? My understanding is that all those USB ports are 2.0. Are there any settings that might need to be adjusted (I tossed this out on another computer-oriented board and was told I might need to go into Device Manager and make sure things are going to different ports, although the responder didn't really give me good directions at how to do that)? Could this be a RAM issue? Are both of these units such resource eaters to where we're asking the computer to do too much and need a gig of RAM?

Thanks in advance for any help!


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
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1 posted on 03/09/2006 10:05:50 PM PST by GB
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To: GB
Might be the 'crapware' mentioned by a previous poster. Did I miss what operating system you are using?

I would look at the device manager (probably from the control panel -> system -> device manager) at the specific device (external drive) and see if it says it is 'working correctly.'

See if there is an updated driver available from the manufacturer.

3 posted on 03/09/2006 10:20:39 PM PST by Washi
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To: Washi

Windows XP.


4 posted on 03/09/2006 10:39:54 PM PST by GB
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To: GB

I would look at the processes running and look and see if the CPU is constantly running near 100%.

If there is suck a process doing that, write the name down and see if it is a process associated with some new or uneeded program or virus.

Also, the drive will slow down if it is not a USB2 port.


5 posted on 03/09/2006 10:42:30 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: A CA Guy

Port is 2.0.


6 posted on 03/09/2006 10:44:31 PM PST by GB
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To: GB

Alt + Ctrl + Delete


Select Task Manager

See in Performance if it is running the cpu at a high rate.

Then go to processes and see what is eating up the CPU.

Write the process down and investigate it.

If there is nothing taking up the CPU, it could be a virus.


7 posted on 03/09/2006 10:47:44 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: GB
I have an Western Digital external hard drive that hooks up through USB 2.0 connection, and it slows down my computer also. I don't keep it hooked up constantly, just when I need to use it. I have a pentium 4 2.66GHz with a gig of RAM running XP Media Center edition.

My advice is to just disconnect it when you aren't using it, and be prepared for a slow down when you are using it.

8 posted on 03/09/2006 10:54:20 PM PST by JavaTheHutt ( Gun Control - The difference between Lexington Green and Tienanmen Square.)
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To: GB
I know that this drive was responsible.

Easy way to test that - hook it up to your wife's laptop and see if she has the same problem.

9 posted on 03/09/2006 11:08:28 PM PST by Senator Bedfellow
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To: GB
Go to the manufacturer's web site and try to get the latest drivers and software.

Uninstall everything you can find that you may have loaded with the drive. Some versions of Roxio cd writer are known to have conflicts and some "junk" drives will install spyware on your system.

Temporarily turn off your antivirus, especially if it is Norton. In fact if it is Norton, get rid of it and install AVG, anyway.

Run a full spyware scan with Spybot Search and Destroy and Lavasoft Ad-ware

Right click on "My Computer", go to "Services" and stop the Indexing Service.

You may have activated some crapware copy protection scheme:

Press Ctrl-Alt-Del, then select taskmanager from the dialog. You can use this to see if a particular program is using too much CPU time. This may give you some direction as to the source of the problem.

System Internals as a nice freeware program called autoruns which will help you temporarily turn off any programs that load at startup.

 Ain't computers grand.

 

 

 


 

10 posted on 03/10/2006 3:16:01 AM PST by dinasour (Pajamahadeen and member of the Head SnowFlake Committee)
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To: GB
Go to the manufacturer's web site and try to get the latest drivers and software.

Uninstall everything you can find that you may have loaded with the drive. Some versions of Roxio cd writer are known to have conflicts and some "junk" drives will install spyware on your system.

Temporarily turn off your antivirus, especially if it is Norton. In fact if it is Norton, get rid of it and install AVG, anyway.

Run a full spyware scan with Spybot Search and Destroy and Lavasoft Ad-ware

Right click on "My Computer", go to "Services" and stop the Indexing Service.

You may have activated some crapware copy protection scheme:

Press Ctrl-Alt-Del, then select taskmanager from the dialog. You can use this to see if a particular program is using too much CPU time. This may give you some direction as to the source of the problem.

System Internals as a nice freeware program called autoruns which will help you temporarily turn off any programs that load at startup.

 Ain't computers grand.

 

 

 


 

11 posted on 03/10/2006 3:17:11 AM PST by dinasour (Pajamahadeen and member of the Head SnowFlake Committee)
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To: GB
Plug the thing in to USB only when you need to burn a DVD. Otherwise, turn it off and leave it unplugged.

I have external USB 2.0 storage and only turn it on and plug it in when I need to do backups.

12 posted on 03/10/2006 7:02:04 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Crime cannot be tolerated. Criminals thrive on the indulgences of society's understanding.)
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To: GB

The external drive might have had software that installed spyware.
You can also follow that back by my earlier post.


13 posted on 03/10/2006 2:55:54 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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