Ok, here’s what it looks like in my computer using XP Pro. In Device Manager you double click on IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers. This should bring up the Primary and Secondary IDE Channels.
Double clicking on either of them should bring up the Properties window. This has four tabs: General, Advanced Settings, Driver and Resources
Click on the Advanced Settings tab. This should bring up the next window which will show Device 0 and Device 1
This will tell you which transfer mode is currently being used . It should be Ultra DMA Mode 2 for your dvd drive.
From your original post it looks like you have both optical drives on the Secondary IDE Channel.
If you’re not getting the Advanced Settings tab, I’m at a loss on how to tell you to procede. I still don’t think you’re running in pio mode but it is a good idea to make sure. Another tactic to try is to download Sysoft Sandra and examine your system through it. It is a free download.
Edit: The dma testing secion of Sandra isn’t free. So that rules that out. Sorry.
Sandra is a little screwy on my system anyway. Tells me my motherboard temps are 255 degrees Celcius.