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Old 01-17-01, 03:16 PM
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I have quite the interesting problem with my DVDrom. It once worked fine, and recently it developed a quirk.
DVDrom - Pinoeer 103S. Creative DXR3 decoder card.

It still works fine for video CD's, but DVD's is another story.

Sound and picture is fine. But while it's playing, it will randomly freeze. anywhere between 2 seconds and 2 minutes after it starts playing. This happens at all points on the disc, with every disc. The only two options are to restart the player, or hit play, which starts the movie from the beginning again.

Anyone with insights, most appreciated!!!

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Old 01-17-01, 04:24 PM
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Try going to Pioneer's site and get newer firmware. Only update your firmware if you know what you're doing.
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Old 01-17-01, 07:32 PM
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So it freezes the movie and never recovers?

If so, I had a similar problem with my Creative. Although this isn't the correct way to fix it, it solved my problem:

I tried heaps of different things but in the end I ended up uninstalling it, changing the PCI slot it was in and reinstalled it.

Worked fine after that.

Also make sure unessessary things like task scheduler are turned off during playback as I've read that these give the Creative cards grief (although I cannot confirm this).

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Try going to Pioneer's site and get newer firmware. Only update your firmware if you know what you're doing.



Yup, did that. Updated firmware to 1.16.

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Yup, did that. Updated firmware to 1.16.



Before or after your problem? Did it fix anything?
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So it freezes the movie and never recovers?

If so, I had a similar problem with my Creative. Although this isn't the correct way to fix it, it solved my problem:

I tried heaps of different things but in the end I ended up uninstalling it, changing the PCI slot it was in and reinstalled it.

Worked fine after that.

Also make sure unessessary things like task scheduler are turned off during playback as I've read that these give the Creative cards grief (although I cannot confirm this).




I've uninstalled, reinstalled, changed PCI slots with the DXR3. I've tried the Pioneer as primary slave, secondary master. I have no scheduled tasks.

The reason it's so frustrating (and why I'm here) is because it seems like I've tried EVERYTHING. It has to be something either REALLY complicated, or so simple I'd never think of it.



Thanks for your brainpower, folks.

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Before or after your problem? Did it fix anything?



Sorry. My response was cryptic at best.
I was already updated before the problem began (back when everything was working fine).
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Have you checked out your DMA box to make sure it's checked? Have you run DVDSpeed to test things out?
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Old 01-17-01, 09:00 PM
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Have you checked out your DMA box to make sure it's checked? Have you run DVDSpeed to test things out?



DMA is checked.

I hadn't run DVDSpeed, though. I just downloaded it, and got an error message every time I tried to test my DVDrom. Unfortunately, the error (040803) isn't listed in their "complete list of error messages".
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Interesting. You did the player startup to unlock the DVD first, didn't you?
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Interesting. You did the player startup to unlock the DVD first, didn't you?



It was spinning. I'm not sure where the "player startup" is at. I don't see anything in DVDSpeed related to that.
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I don't have AIM. You need to run a DVD player before running DVDSpeed. The player unlocks the DVD so DVDSpeed can read it for testing.
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I don't have AIM. You need to run a DVD player before running DVDSpeed. The player unlocks the DVD so DVDSpeed can read it for testing.



Just did that. Same results. Get an error message a few seconds into the test.

I suppose this means my dvdrom went south on me...

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I don't know what to tell you. Check your cables, drive jumpers, BIOS settings, etc.

You haven't done anything that might have caused this like just installing something and then it didn't run afterwards?
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I don't know what to tell you. Check your cables, drive jumpers, BIOS settings, etc.

You haven't done anything that might have caused this like just installing something and then it didn't run afterwards?



Nope. It's been slowly getting worse, though. When I first noticed it, it would happen every 5-10 minutes. Now it happens anytime after a few seconds from starting. Just stops. It must not be reading right or something.

I'll keep trying to tweak things, but I don't have a good feeling about it.

Thanks for you help. I appreciate it.

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Oh, and try cleaning the laser with a cleaner CD.
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