SCSI DVD-ROM Reader slow accessing DVDs

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#1

I’m having problems with my DVD-ROM taking an extremely long time reading a DVD when I first insert it in the drive. After I insert a DVD, the drive light goes on and the drive spins up, but it takes minutes (!) before I can start playing a DVD or before I can access data. Sometimes programs time out before they can read the disk. This is happening with commercial DVD Movies, as well as data DVDs that I’ve burned.

I’ve got a Toshiba SD-M1201 DVD-ROM (updated firmware) on an Adaptec 2940U PCI SCSI controller. The DVD-ROM drive is ID 0, terminated, parity is enabled, and it’s the only device on the Bus. The SCSI controller is auto-terminated. Currently Digital CD Audio is enabled and Autoplay is disabled. Changing either of these settings has no effect.

I’m running Windows XP SP1 on a 1 GHz Intel Pentium III Processor with 1 GB of RAM. I have another DVD drive (Lite-On SOHW-812S) on my IDE interface, and I can run all of the same DVDs and data discs on that with no problem.

If someone can point me in the right direction here, I’d appreciate it.

Thanks.


#2

Have you had this device for awhile and it just started acting up, or is this the first time you are using it?


#3

Had it for awhile, but didn’t really use it much, so problem could have existed all this time. One other thing I did to try and address the problem was to enable the parity jumper, previously the jumper was uncapped. Didn’t seem to make a difference, but I’m having a hard time finding info about whether or not parity should (or shouldn’t) be enabled with this setup.


#4

It’s entirely possible that the DVD-ROM drive is dying on you… if the drive worked fine before and nothing has changed, those symptons are often a sign of a dying drive. ( on an IDE setup anyway).
Sorry, I’ve never used SCSI devices before so I can’t offer any more specific thoughts than that.