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By devileye ·
Is there a way to stop all cd roms from heisatating during play back of DVD's, CD's, and CDRW's. All are common to Sound blaster 5.1 ..
All are hooked up correctly. Note this includes games too!

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by TheChas In reply to CD / CDRW / DVD Playbac ...

Sounds like you have either insufficient free resources, or too slow a CPU for all that you are trying to do.

Start with resources.
How much RAM do you have, and how much is free.
For Windows 9X, you want between 128MB and 384MB of RAM with at least 1/2 free.
For W2K/XP, 512MB up to all that you can afford/fit.

Then, check virtual memory.
If you are using a fixed size swap/paging file, I recommend a minimum of 500MB or 2X RAM, whichever is larger.

If you are allowing Windows to control virtual memory, you want a MINIMUM of 500MB free on the drive being used.

Next, check for excessive programs running in the background.
Every ICON in the system tray represents resources being used.
Shut down / disable every program that you do not need.

Then, download and run AdAware from www.lavasoft.de
This program finds and helps you remove programs that spy on your computer usage.

As to CPU speed, you need at least 500MHz for most multi-media applications.

Other tips.
Disable Windows media, and other players, and use a simple CD player that uses the analog siginal instead of the digital signal.

Run scandisk and defrag

Clean up the C:\windows\temp folder

Chas

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by devileye In reply to CD / CDRW / DVD Playbac ...

The Chas,
Im running XP with my own built computer. 2.2gig Atholon on an Asus KT333 MB w/1536 mbs DDR Micron 2700 Ramm. CPU runs at an average temp of 104F 7 the MB runs at 89F. Im an instrument engineer and am extremly computerliteriate.
All CD's are matched sony's and are all high end performance. My Vid card is a TI4600 nVidia with 128mgbts of DDR Ramm. I build PC's as a hobby and have yet to figure out what could be the cause of the hesitation.
I will check the virtual memory.You may be correct in that aspect. If you have any more imput, please let me know.
Thank You...

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by TheChas In reply to CD / CDRW / DVD Playbac ...

Now that I know what you have (2X what I have), my best idea is that you have a rogue program eating up CPU time.

Open the Performance viewer
Administrative Tools / Performance
And monitor CPU usage while playing a CD and DVD.
If CPU usage gets above 75%, you have some application besides the player that is using up more resources than it should.

This could be any number of things.
Bad driver install.
Creatives Live Update feature.
SpyWare
A poorly written application.

Start by examing the tasks and services running (task manager) and see if you can identify any that should not be there.

Even among the other peers here that know more than I do, I have not seen a fool-proof tool to identify and eliminate rouge applications that use up CPU / Memory.

Chas

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by Choppit In reply to CD / CDRW / DVD Playbac ...

This is only a stab in the dark, but could this problem be related to power management or DMA/bus mastering features?

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