I am using WinXP pro on a K7ADA motherboard with an AthlonXP +1700. I have recently plugged in a Promise Ultra66 PCI Hard-drive controller. I have updated it to the latest drivers as well as the BIOS is flashed to the latest version.
Here is my problem. When connecting the harddrive to the card (I use 80-pin ATA-100 compliant cable), the Windows never boots.
When starting the Ultra66 card detects the HD as Device 0 (it has device 0 through 3). It detects the harddrive as Fireball AS 30gig.
Now when it comes time for the hard-drive to boot the OS, nothing happens, no HD activity. It just stays there. What is the matter?
Also another problem with UDMA. MY motherboard has built-in ATA-100. I connect the hard-drive to it with a compliant cable. The post-startup screen (when computer is starting up) shows ATA-100 on this device, but windows shows it as PIO mode. This majorly sucks because every time I have hard-drive activity i get slowdowns (as it is not direct memory access). I have selected "UltraDMA if available " in device manager but it still only allows be PIO mode. What is the matter here?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!