NEC 2500a CPU usage issues

Hi guys,

I purchased a NEC 2500a yesterday and installed it last night. However seem to be having a bit of issue with ripping DVD’s to the hard drive. When ripping with clone DVD, the CPU is constantly at 100%.

So far I have uninstalled // reinstalled…

Nero 6
Clone DVD 2
Any DVD

Primary IDE channel
Secondary IDE Channel
IDE controller

The latest Via 4in1 update

The primary and secondary channels are set to DMA
The primary being UDMA Mode 5
The secondary UDMA mode 2

as well as installing adaptec aspi

The HDD is a seagate 120Gb 8m cache (jumper set to master)
The burner is a NEC 2500a firmware 1.06 (jumper set to master)

I have tried changing the paging file to different partition

I have tried running a cpu / speed usage test with nero

and have found the following

1x 9%usage
2x 14%usage
4x 100%usage
8x 100 %usage

any info would be appreciated

btw system specs
athlon 1200
motherboard asus a7v133c
256mb PC133 RAM

UDMA is clearly not implemented. Look in BIOS to see if it’s all set right, should all be set to “auto” on the IDE.
Also give us a hint as to your operating system.

Sorry I knew I forgot something

Im using XP pro

everything is set on auto in the BIOS

Even though your CPU is running at 100%, how long does it take for one of your DVD rips to complete? (without reencoding)

it took about 40 mins to rip a 4gb movie with cloneDVD…

I’m with rdgrimes – UDMA!

My computer - rightclick on blank space; Properties
Hardware tab; Device manager; IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers;
(IDE Channel that drive is on); Advanced settings…

Make sure that Windows uses Ultra DMA Mode 2 on your device, and check to see that the IDE channel controller is the standard windows one, NOT a third party one (VIA, Intel, Nvidia, whatever).

It could be some wild funky ASPI issue, but I dunno, I used the latest ForceASPI (for cdex and eac for rippin cds) and have had no issues with that… not something that I’m knowledgeable about.

–neoplex

thanks for the reply’s

but ive

done that

they are microsoft drivers

The primary and secondary channels are set to DMA
The primary being UDMA Mode 5
The secondary UDMA mode 2

I might give that force aspi a go and see what happens

ASPI doesn’t affect DMA function.
Uninstall the IDE controller and reboot. IF that doesn’t work, then use your Windows CD to reinstall the drivers.

ive reinstalled the drivers a few times no joy…

Just reinstalled windows Xp to eliminate all possibilities. (fresh install not a ghost or image)

Tryed a different IDE cable

even tryed putting in on the primary IDE channel as slave and same issue…

my a7v-133 is getting a bit old now

I guess the next thing to try would be another mobo ( test it on someone elses computer) and see how it goes ?

p.s just to add, I have peformed some backups on to DVD using nero and they have worked fine.

( took about 5:30 to burn around 1.75Gb and there was very low CPU usage while burning )

The problem only seem to occur while ripping DVD’s

I don’t think you have a problem…
You are ripping and reencoding with CloneDVD correct?
Reencoding always maxes out my CPU and 40 minutes is an appropriate timeframe to rip/reencode with your system specs.

Originally posted by wesociety
I don’t think you have a problem…
You are ripping and reencoding with CloneDVD correct?
Reencoding always maxes out my CPU and 40 minutes is an appropriate timeframe to rip/reencode with your system specs.

I assumed he was talking about unencrypted DVD’s, maybe not.

I have tried running a cpu / speed usage test with nero

and have found the following

1x 9%usage
2x 14%usage
4x 100%usage
8x 100 %usage

Doesn’t look normal to me.

Good point rdgrimes.
My PC uses very little CPU when it is just ripping…

thanks for your help guys,

I guess I better spend more time in the newbie forums to gain a greater understanding of the processes involved with ripping /encoding DVD’s

I was on the understanding that if the DVD doesnt require compressing then it shouldnt take as long to rip

The DVD’s ive ripped on my GF’s computer (athlon 2000+ / 512Mb 2700 DDR and Lite On 411s). Seem to take around 15mins to rip. With minimal CPU usage.

Anyways thanks again. I’ll keep diggin :slight_smile:

Originally posted by cazzaboy
… I was on the understanding that if the DVD doesnt require compressing then it shouldnt take as long to rip …

You are correct, it appears that you do indeed have an issue.