I have had a BTC 1004IM for several years and it has served me well.
I ran into some difficulties before when I attached it to my MB (ECS KT600-A) with 80 wire cable and it was detected as UDMA-4 or 5. It’s the master on the secondary IDE channel. When I played DVD movies I saw a lot of garbled pictures on the screen. When I re-connected with 40 wire cable, it was detected as UDMA-2 and worked perfectly, garbled video problem gone.
I believe the BTC 1004IM supports up to UDMA-2.
Now I am recently adding a new burner to my system. Its an OEM Benq DW1670 16x Dual layer which I got a great deal on at Staples. Now, I hooked it up with the 40 wire cable and both drives are in UDMA-2 mode. I left it plugged into the secondary channel and the BTC is the master and Benq is the slave.
I believe the Benq DW1670 supports up to UDMA-4.
Here is the spec of my MB (ECS KT600-A):
Support by VIAÂ® VT8237
– 4 x Ultra DMA133/100/66 devices
Couple of questions:
Is UDMA-2 going to be too slow for my new Benq 16x drive and will it cause me some problems if I start burning discs on the Benq at 16x?
If I hook up with the 80 wire cable, and both drives change over to UDMA-4 am I going to run into the same problems I saw before with the BTC garbled video playback?
If I switch over to primary IDE channel will it have any impact on the BTC garbled video playback issue? I can’t remember if I ever tried switching over to primary IDE Channel or not.
I’d really like to have both drives working at the same time!
Thanks for any help!