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Stuck at ultra DMA mode 2


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#1 Chuck_Knull

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 10:57 AM

Hi all;

I'm working on building an OK system out of several that were basically scrap. When finished I will give it to a couple here in town that would like to have a home computer but will never come up with the money to buy one. I do that quite a bit. (2 in the past three months)

My problem is probably the old motherboard I'm using. It came out of an HP Pavilion 7915. I have a Maxtor 6Y060L0 installed as the system drive. Bios sees it and the OS (Win XP Pro 32 bit) and it shows up in Device Manager. But when I go to IDE ATA/ATAPI Controlers, advanced settings tab, use DMA if available is active but the mode is only 2. I read somewhere yesterday (I think) that board will support up to mode 4. HD tach says it's working at 32.3 Mb/s That Diamond Max9 ought to be running twice that.

All suggestions are welcome. Thanks, Chuck.
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 12:14 PM

Might help, DMA reverts to PIO Windows Problem Solver - http://winhlp.com/node/10

http://annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp/1237350756

Some hard drive diagnostics also include the ability to set the maximum DMA mode of a drive made by that manufacturer.

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Edited by hamluis, 23 March 2009 - 12:14 PM.


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Posted 23 March 2009 - 04:40 PM

Hello Louis;

I'm learning some things, at least, but your suggestion was not the trick I need. The drive does not revert to PIO mode just won't go higher than UDMA mode 2. I tried the VB Script but no change. And I don't have another known good ATA 100 drive to compare.


Thanks anyway, Chuck.
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 04:53 PM

DMA 4 or 5 is only available with an ultracable, the ones with 80 conductors
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 07:38 PM

Right, I should have mentioned I've tried 3 or 4 different cables some used some new all with the blue connector that goes to the system board etc.

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 07:49 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_810

might be the chipset then
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 09:13 PM

Yeah Chewy, that's what I think. I'm just hoping somebody can think of something else because the MoBo is so old that if there was any support it's gone now. Nothing new. That's the way it goes when using old gear.

Thanks for the suggestions, Chuck
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 09:24 PM

The drive only has a 2 meg cache so burst is not a big factor and even 33MB/s is about it's best sustained transfer anyway
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