This is an issue that I believe was handled in earlier topics here, which is how I found the forum through Google. My situation is a little more sticky, so I hope you wonderful CDFreaks can help me out.
My PC is a four-year-old Dell Dimension 2400 with a DVD-ROM drive (Hitachi GDR8162B) and CD-RW (previously Samsung SW-248, now upgraded to a slightly faster LG GCE-8525B). After these past years and countless times moving my rig from place to place, my drives decided they didn't want to let me load videos or music straight from discs; this includes DVDs, and data and music CDs. What the drives will do is spin to their roaring maximum speed and the video will play at triple/quadruple speed, with plenty of skipped frames and demonically garbled sound.
Through my research, and especially thanks to the CDF thread <a href="http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=41248">here</a> I found that it's probably just a side effect of an aging computer, and that I need to somehow slow my drives down so my processor can read them. I have downloaded and installed Nero DriveSpeed, but - while it's obvious the drive itself is, in fact, slowing down - the videos still won't play correctly, at any of the lower speeds I can choose from. Is there anything I can try, or any other pointers from the learned elite?