Very slow ripping

Stephen R Laniel steve at
Sun May 1 00:53:40 UTC 2005

My CD-ROM drive rips CDs really, really slowly. Right now
I'm in the middle of ripping, and grip is giving me rip
speeds of 3.0x. /proc/sys/dev/cdrom/info gives the info
below, which tells me that I should be able to get 24x. The
machine itself is quite new: it's a ThinkPad R51 with a
1.5-gig Pentium M and half a gig of RAM. It should be
tearing through CDs. Yet it's not. Any idea how to figure
out what the culprit is?

CD-ROM information, Id: cdrom.c 3.20 2003/12/17

drive name:		hdc
drive speed:		24
drive # of slots:	1
Can close tray:		1
Can open tray:		1
Can lock tray:		1
Can change speed:	1
Can select disk:	0
Can read multisession:	1
Can read MCN:		1
Reports media changed:	1
Can play audio:		1
Can write CD-R:		1
Can write CD-RW:	1
Can read DVD:		1
Can write DVD-R:	0
Can write DVD-RAM:	0
Can read MRW:		1
Can write MRW:		1
Can write RAM:		1

Stephen R. Laniel
steve at
+(617) 308-5571

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