About six weeks ago, I had a system crash and I had to do a system restore. Many of my programs no longer worked right because of missing drivers and so on. I got a new version of Nero (9) but I have noticed that my DVD burner still writes DVD's but it is painfully slow (not as fast as the speed of smell). I used to be able to burn an entire DVD in like 15 minutes, even if some 16x disks only could be written at 4x. Now, regardless if it writes at 4x or 16x it is taking over 90 minutes. I also have noticed the drive's activity light. Before the crash, it would flash continiously like it was sending some secret code. Now it flashes sort of slowly two times and then is dark for a second or two.
I burned one and it took for ever, so I rebooted thinking maybe the PC had something hanging but it did the same. I tried familar DVD-R brands and new DVD+R ones - same results.
I did some research and read about PIO and I did not find the channels contained PIO, they were DMA.
It could be an issue with the drive itself but I'm not convinced - too much of a coinky-dink. Any help appreciated. Please help. T H A N K S !