I used to think that an 8x burn of a full 4.7 GB data disc normally took 2 hours and 30 minutes.
But I read something about enabling DMA.
(I’m on a Windows 98 SE system BTW.)
So I tried that, for my HDD first (80 GB WD, primary master, no slave)
And suddenly, my PC won’t even boot unless in safe mode.
I almost literally struggled in safe mode, while almost crying in frustration, and after four hours, I just removed all drives, IDE controllers, and whatnot, and everything started working again.
And then, after some research, I read in a lot of forums that mobos with a VIA chipset (why me? ) had problems with stuff like UDMA, etc. and was forced in PIO, or whatever that meant.
But I found someone who said that the solution was installing the new chipset drivers (VIA 4-in-1, or something).
So I tried it.
And then (very very hesistantly, with shaking fingers to match) enabled DMA on my HDD.
And it worked!
Now my burning time was reduced to 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Still disgustingly far from the 5-10 minute estimate of Nero.
So I (also hesistantly) enabled DMA on the DVD writer.
(ASUS DRW-1608P2S, Secondary Master, no slave).
And suddenly, it wouldn’t boot again!
I restarted in safe mode, and removed all IDE drivers, and CD/DVD drives.
After that, Windows booted normally again.
Then detected the IDE drivers, and asked for a restart.
And then hanged on startup again!!
I’ve been doing this for a month now.
I’m almost crying in frustration.
Can anyone help?
Windows 98 SE
VIA Chipset Motherboard
ASUS DRW-1608P2S, Secondary Master, No slave
also, if it would help, I’m still using the old IDE cable I had.
I don’t think using the cable in the box would make a difference… would it?