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Disc Drive issue.

Whenever I use one of my disc drives it seems to slow everything down. Sound and video get choppy. When trying to burn a disc it burns really slow eventually messing up the burn. Is this a power supply issue. Maybe the power supply is being drained when a disc drive is being used.

thank you in advance
Robert

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  • Robert Castillo Feb 20, 2009

    I bought some more memory as well as reinstalled the driver the disc drive seems to be working as normal now. Thanks for all the help, Now I have another problem I also bought a EVGA 9400 GT 1 GB video card. I have installed the updated drivers as well as the Control Panel software. When I start my computer I receive an alert "PCi Express card is in 1x mode. Press F2 to go to set up or F1 to continue". I go to set up But I donot know what I'm supposed to do. The 9400 GT was resommended by Dell saying it's compatible with my 8400. I get video to work but some of the videos the sound is off by a scond or two. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Try to reinstall the driver for the dvd drive, all you have to do, is, GOTO CONTROL PANEL
click SYSTEM
on the top you will see HARDWARE TAB
click on it and then click on device manager, under device manager you would see disk drive, click on the plus sign next to it and in the list below, right click on it, click uninstall and then restart the computer, check if it helps,

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Very likely it is a memory issue... try to close down as many programs as you can while you are burning a disk... if possible you may want to upgrade the amount of memory you have

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