Vista Slide Show doesnt work

I can not get vista slide show to work. I have tried it on several low res pictures and the screen turns black with a loading symbol in the middle, however it just sits there and doesn’t do anything. Anybody have a fix or maybe a free ware program that will do the same thing.

I also have a problem with my optical drive. Every time I burn a dvd my Asus DRW-2014L1T will only burn at 2x instead of 8x. Is this a software issue or hardware?