Thanks for the help, fellas.
did u try uninstalling the second ide channel again? or has this cycle of reverting back to pio occurred only once?
I only tried it once, but I'll check to see if it's a recurring cycle (redundant? I think so ).
What mainboard is in your system?
ECS K7S5A (a potential problem in and of itself, I know )
Did you install chipset drivers? Did you try to uprade your chipset drivers?
Not that I recall, but I'll do some digging. I do have a SiS PCI IDE controlled installed, according to device manager (listed below the primary and secondary controllers) It's a MS driver from July, 2001...perhaps it's time to search for an update.
Are there perhaps any other devices on the IDE channel, running in PIO mode?
The only other device is the said Lite-On burner on the master chan and it's still set in DMA mode.
In the end I took the drive out and threw the b*stard thing against the wall, now I don't have this annoying problem anymore or a stupid 163D!!
Thanks for the tip, but I think I'd rather keep this one since I get perfect performance from it otherwise.