This is odd, I bought a Samsung TS-H352A about three weeks ago. I had no problems with it, it was ripping DVD's quickly the first week I got it, it usually topped out at around 12.4x, Nero CD-DVD Speed showed around the same speeds. I haven't ripped anything since that first week. Today I wanted to back up a movie I own and I pop it in, fire up DVD Decrypter and begin to rip the DVD on the Samsung drive. This time it wouldn't go above 8x, mostly hovering around 5-6x, it averaged at about 5.6x. I figured it was the media it was ripping, so I popped in the original DVD that I ripped the first week I had it, it wouldn't go above 6x(down from 12.4x). When I fire up Nero CD-DVD speed it averages 5.6x read time, it used to average about double that.
I booted into my other OS ran DVD decrypter again on the same DVD, same slow speed.
If I run a read test on CDs, the speed is fine.
Only thing I can think of is last week I popped a CD in and when I went to eject it, the drive wouldn't eject the CD after numerous attempts. So I had to do the old paperclip in the hole deal and force the tray open.
You think that would cause the sudden drop in DVD reading speed or did my drive suddenly decide to go down the toilet on me?