Major problem philips sdvd8820

I really need some help.

I have a dell inspiron e1405 w/ a philips sdvd8820 dvd±rw sdvd8820 drive.

I have been using the drive casually to burn / copy dvd’s and cds. Recently it has experienced a major slowdown problem. It used to take maybe 5 minutes to import a cd. Now it takes 20. Also, while importing or attempting to burn media my computer slowsdown to an almost unusable level.

Ram should not be an issue (2 gb and I am not running any other applications.

I am not sure what caused the problem. Any ideas on how I can fix this?

replace the drive if it’s out of warranty with an NEC.

or, try getting an aftermarket like Pioneer for example.