|CD/DVD tweak guide
Updated on October 21, 2000 by Thomas
you can actually enhance your CD-ROM/ DVD/ CD-writer
performance quite a bit. You can particularly improve DVD
playback a good bit.
& install the latest drivers/firmware updates for your
drive then & update as appropriate. Go to DriversHQ
for links to manufacturers.
– Some driver updates may be DOS drivers, in which case
you won’t need them unless you use that drive a lot in
go into "System properties" (Right click on My
Computer, select Properties) & select the "Device
manager" tab. Click on the + sign next to
"CD-ROM" & double click on your CD-ROM (or DVD,
go back into System Properties click on the Settings
tab & put a tick in the DMA box. DMA increases
the drive access speed, as a result this should speed up
your drive, if you experience any trouble afterwards, just
simply go back & untick the DMA box to disable it.
tick the Sync data transfer box. Again, if you
experience any trouble afterwards, just simply go back &
untick the box to disable it.
Auto insert notification at your own discretion.
Leaving it ticked will allow say, the autoplay of audio CD’s.
Unticking it will disable this & other options such as
auto-install on some games and applications when inserted.
the PC for the change to take effect.
go into "System properties" once more. Select the
"Performance" tab, and "File system".
on the "CD-ROM" tab. Slide the slider all the way
to the right, & select Quad-speed or higher
for "Optimize access pattern for". You should
use this setting even if you have slower than a quad-speed
CD-ROM for better performance.
on Ok then. Reboot as necessary.
will increase your CD-ROM's cache, thus increasing its
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