I'm having various problems with my secondary controller and my plextor drive and plextools, and now with my busdriver.
1) I run XP Pro with a 733 P3, an Asus Cuv4x board and Via drivers. Everything is updated for the OS, bios and drivers. I have an IBM Deskstar 30G HD, a Teac 540e cdrom on primary slave, a Plextor 40/12 as secondary master, and until this problem an Afreey DVDrom on the slave. When I installed the Plextools 1.18, my system would not work unless I disconnected my DVD. Windows programs would not run and the system would hang if I tried. I used Safe mode to remove Plextools and everything was fine, though the DVD is not now attached.Plextools works well.
2) I installed the newest firmware (1.05) for the 40/12 yesterday and found that when I rebooted, the hardware installation wizard in my tray icon appeared and then I would get a blue screen (Stop:0x0000008e etc.) and a reboot. I let the computer reboot a few times before I reflashed 1.04 firmware and everything is fine.
3) I thought that changing the Via Busmaster controller for the Standard Dual PCI might help. I did so and found that everything worked well, but still the same problem with the new firmware. I decided to restore the Via Busmaster with newest drivers and I got the same blue screen I got when the new firmware failed. Now I can't get the Via Busmaster back!
4) I've tried uninstalling the Standard Dual controller and got the blue screen; I've tried other things... exchanging the Teac and Plextor, disabling DMA when flashing, installing the firmware in Safe Mode. Nothing works!
Does anybody have any ideas? Is there a program that could analyse my buses that might give me a clue? Thanks in advance for any help you can give!