Playing DVDs using the internal drive in a lecture situation where the DVD is paused for long periods causes a very poor playing performance when taken out of pause again. The DVD stutters and stops and starts before resuming a smooth playback. WinDVD is the programme
used on the laptop together with a video projector.
Am I correct in thinking that an external drive would help this situation and what attributes in the external drive should I be looking for? Would an external drive in a Firewire or USB2 enclosure help?
The laptop uses Win XP SP2. I have tried all power settings in the control panel to alleviate this problem with the internal drive but to no avail. The disc always stops spinning after about 10 seconds of inactivity. If play is resumed before 10 seconds then playback is smooth.
One solution might have been to use a standalone DVD player but this will not work as I need to use the bookmarking abilities of WinDVD to conduct the lecture. Using a virtual disc is not an option either as there is no time to clone a DVD to the hard disc.
Any help gratefully recieved.