I apologize if I have posted this question in the wrong area & please feel free to paste links from within this board if it saves you on a bunch of writing. I am pretty frustrated trying to find a solution. Luckily, I found this forum…I just hope something works out. My google searches have led me to the same question, but unfortunately, not a solution that helps until now.
Dell XPS M1210
Windows XP - 2.5 GB RAM.
No recent software updates/installations for a long time that I remember. No suspicious sites visited that could have automatically downloaded anything to create a problem
Yesterday, I started backing up 25 of my DVDs that I had accumulated over the last 2 years on to a new portable drive that I bought. I had no problems with the first twelve DVDs. They took (as they had on every occasion before) about 10-11 minutes per DVD (either + or - & all 4.3 GB of it). Then things started going awry. The thirteenth DVD started off with an 86 minute time projection which went down to 76 minutes after sometime. I assumed that this could have been something to do with the DVD…but strangely every DVD that I have tried since then, including the same ones which took 10 minutes before, now show a minimum of 76 minutes as the estimated time for a complete data transfer.
Calls to Dell have left me with the usual, re-inistall OS solution which I want to be my last option. Google searches have led to similar questions but nothing concrete that I can apply. I might be wrong with this one since I basically applied the same set of key words with one or two interchanged. I had similar problems with burning DVDs before which got rectified with the (DMA if available checked) option, but I am totally lost with this one. My RAM is juiced up (2.5 GB), I don’t have startup system processes clogging the RAM. My antivirus (AVG) is the most basic one & does not clog up resources. Any reason for this sudden drop in performance? Any solution where I don’t have to reinstall everything. Kindly…please someone…suggest a solution.
I have searched within this forum, but again, could not get anything which was of help. I have already done this
for my DVD burning issue a few years ago & as repeated many times above, never had a DVD copying issue before. Please help. Thanks.
The people at Dell made me do a bunch of diagnostic tests & said that my drive was alright. I asked the technician about how this system files/registry entries could get jumbled up within a matter of few hours with no other suspicious activity & change the performance of my drive. He had no answer…apart from…“it happens”. His deifinition of drive working equates to disc recognition & data transfer. Performance did not seem a consideration to him: either 1 minute or 1 day was attributed to windows. Sorry for the rambling…please help…thanks