I have had some weird DMA issues with a new junk ECS motherboard and I wanted to see what you guys thought.
I had some PIO issues with a current install of Win 2000 so I changed the drives, the cables, and reinstalled the OS. I still get the very first IDE chanel showing up as “DMA if Available” but the current status says PIO. All the fixes still show the same thing, but only on this chanel. The interesting thing shows up when I run a burst test with CDSpeed. Every drive shows rates of 24MB/sec or better. I have tried three different drives on this chanel and they all revert to PIO in the system icon but high burst rates.
My question is this: do you think I am really at PIO or is the burst rate telling me the OS and MB are lfull of crap?