I have a Media PC (one year old Shuttle XPC, P4, 1 GB Ram, NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GS, Win XP Pro) with an LG GSA-4167B DVD burner. It has been working well as a burner and data disc reader since I got it, but it has never been great at playing DVDs. Any DVD - especially rented DVDs, but also including fresh clean burned DVDs and brand new retail DVDs out of the box - seems to have a stutter every few minutes (the action will just freeze for a second and the audio will skip).
At first, I used WinDVD 7 to resolve this problem (it only seemed to happen in PowerDVD or Windows Media Player) but now it happens in that program too.
It’s a media PC so there is not many other programs on it. No games, just Beyond TV, Beyond Media Basic + Firefly remote software, WinDVD, iTunes, AnyDVD (have tried disabling it), Clone DVD, Nod32 (have tried disabling it).
What I have tried:
- Updated LG firmware (ver. DL13)
- Tried WinDVD 6, 7, 8, PowerDVD (new and old versions)
- Tried running starting windows with other services disabled
- Checked to make sure DMA is enabled
- Changed screen resolution from 1366 x 768 (my default) to 800x600
- Reformatting and reinstalling Windows XP
The full name in Windows Device Manager is:
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-4167B
Does anyone have any ideas where I can even start to debug this issue? Could it be the drive is too slow?
I am considering just going out and trying a new drive and seeing if that will fix the issue (if not I can return it). Is this a wise choice? Here are a couple drives that I have been looking at, if I do have to replace:
- LG 18X Dual Layer Internal LightScribe DVD Rewriter (GSA-H22L)
- Pioneer 16X Dual Layer Internal DVD Rewriter (PIDVRW710R)
- Sony 16X Double Layer DVD Rewriter (DRU820A)
- Philips 16X Internal DVD Rewriter With RAM (SPD2410BD)
- Comstar 16X Double Layer Internal DVD+/-R Rewriter (CODVRW1616) (cheap option)
Any suggestions? Thanks!