Hey everybody, first post but I’ve been lurking around here for awhile. I couldn’t find any info to help me out in the search, so here goes.
I have an '00 HP Pavillion 8770c with 256 MB memory running Win2K Pro. I am having problems getting Device 0 in my primary IDE chain to get out of PIO mode and into Ultra DMA mode (as my other devices are). Here’s my chain:
IDE 1 (Primary):
Device 0: Western Digital Caviar SE 120 GB WD1200JB C:/ & D:/
Device 1: Western Digital Caviar SE 120 GB WD1200JB E:/
IDE 2 (Secondary):
Device 0: NEC ND-3520-A 16x DVD Burner
Device 1: empty
My master on the primary IDE is partitioned into a C:/ and D:/ (C holds all the programs and D is used for storage of mp3s and videos). The slave E:/ is all live music and videos. Burning off a full CD in Nero 220.127.116.11 Enterprise takes only about 8 minutes … when burning from the slave E:/. When burning from C:/ or D:/ it takes 26-30 minutes. At first I thought it was because the data and the program files were both on the same physical drive, but in doing research on the web I found it matters more where the DVD drive is in relation to the HDDs. Can anyone tell me if 1) it really is just a PIO/DMA thing (or do I need to reconfigure my drives) and 2) if it is, how to get it to be in DMA? Btw, I’ve tried changing settings in Control Panel > Device Manager as well as in BIOS and nothing works. Thanks in advance.