trouble with xp dvd rom&writer

I purchased a Time computer in October an xp2600
with dvd writer I have had nothing but trouble with it since i got it, it stops in the middle of
writing a disc and after it has been on for a number of hours it will not read anything at all.
any clues will be great,Thank you

  MichelleC 20:50 02 Jan 2004

1st thing to try is reinstalling dvd driver. Then look at cabling and how it's set up. I'm not a hardware expert but if you've got a cd-rom how are they set up master-slave'wise. Is DMA enabled? If you're burning large files it's best to disable non-vital b/ground progs.

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