This is a bit long, so I apologize in advance. I could really use the help though.
It’s been a while since I’ve been here. I’ve been having major problems with my computer…freezing up, hangs, even a bsod. These problems occured anytime I was trying to watch a video off youtube, play a cd, and even when the computer was sitting there idle. Anyways, I’m still having problems. It appears that when I have my dvd drives, a Pioneer 116DBK and Lite-On iHAP422 connected to my computer, I experience the problems mentioned. I’ve disconnected both of them and didn’t seem to have any problems. When I connected each one individually to isolate a bad drive, I started getting problems again. I’ve replaced the ide cable to rule that out too. This pretty much leaves me with a possible bad motherboard, or, at least one of it’s components.
I was getting system errors in the event viewer for atapi with an event ID 9. The “details” would say, “The device. \Device\Ide\IdePort0, did not respond within the timeout period.” The thing that bugs me is the only things connected to the motherboard via ide are the dvd drives. My hard drive is connected via sata. So, outside of playing a cd or dvd, why would I experience these problems when surfing the internet, or even when the computer has been sitting there idle for hours, then just freeze up. Both the ide and sata connections are integrated into the motherboard…it’s a Dimension 8400 btw. Everything worked perfectly, then suddenly didn’t. I had help, over the internet, cleaning the computer in HijackThis threads. We did manage to find some infections, but, nothing that appeared to cause this.
I’m thinking the ide controller has gone bad. I found in the Device Manager under IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers, that I have an Intel 8280 1FB/FBM Ultra ATA Storage Controller - 266F and Intel 8280 1FR SATA AHCI Controller. Since nothing appears to be malfunctioning with the hard drive(sata), I’m wondering if I can bypass the ide controller by using an ide controller card.
So, my question is, can I bypass the ide controller by using an ide controller card? Will it interfer with the sata controller? After paging through the sticky for ide controllers, I’m still left with the question, if this is possible, what is a good ide controller card, preferably something that only addresses ide connections and hopefully will allow the hard drive to remain connected via the sata connection directly to the motherboard?
Any thoughts or advice to help this situation? I really don’t want to have to replace my drives, especially since I love the quality of burns I get with my 116dbk. Thanks for any help you can give!!!