Abysmal read speed on 52x drive

I’m trying to rip audio CDs with my Samsung SW-252F 52x/32x/52x CD-R/RW drive, and the best speeds I can attain are a pathetic 3x. Nero CD Speed gives me a read rating of less than 4x on average. Device Manager reports DMA is enabled (UDMA 2 – Ultra 33). Firmware is the latest. This drive is the master on the secondary IDE channel, and I have an old DVD-ROM as the slave. I thought the slave may be slowing down the data on the channel (though I was not ripping and burning on the fly; the slave was not in use at all), so I disconnected it but it made no difference. I’ve also tried the same configuration on the primary IDE channel, but again to no avail.

Any ideas? This is driving me nuts.

Try:

  • reapplying new firmware and/or trying an OLDER firmware version
  • cleaning the lens (using a ‘wet’ cleaner)
  • using different ripping software
  • can you use a different OS? (eg dual boot)

All of the above have helped me out on separate occasions.
Hope that helps,
Dan