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Hi WV, sorry to bother you again so soon, I have a couple more probs to straighten out before I can call this computer the PC of my dreams! (Hope you can help me).....
The Marvell IDE adapter on my mobo (ASUS p5q se/r, c2d E8500, 2x2g 800 RAM) takes over a minute to detect my IDE drive during boot up, and after looking around the net for some answers all I could come up with is "Ensure if the drive is on its own cable, that it is set to master", I checked that, and I already had master set... so I moved it to the end of the cable (no difference). Ive currently got 2x500g Western Digital SATA's, and my old 250g WD IDE, and ASUS DVD drive.
I was considering getting an IDE to SATA adapter, but I'm not sure if I do will the mobo then consider the drive an IDE or sata? (I know I wont get much if any speed boost, but if it became SATA at least I could turn off the Marvell?)
Or should I just send it to HDD heaven, and cut my losses? (I've got a few from my old PC, not sure if I should incorporate them into this or copy what I need and file them under my bed)
Oh, and I got Far Cry 2 - looks great but I havent really played it yet. I benched it at all optimal settings and got 24FPS - running my system stock. (Is that ok? I dont really know what FPS I should aim for) It looked awesome to me! (Actually made me wonder why I ever bought PS3, except for COD4) Question: Would increasing my RAM from 4g to 8 make any difference to my machine? (4x2g 800s)
Anyway, your suggestions would be a great help to me, hope to hear from you soon.
You have your Asus DVD on the same cable as your WD IDE Drive? Is the DVD a DVD ROM or DVD ROM and CDRW, or is it a DVD Multidisc? An old DVD ROM could slow down your WD HD by riding on the same cable. I wouldn't pin these other than CS and put the HD in the middle or slave port and your DVD on the end. Turn SMART monitoring off in your system. This slows down spin up and mounting of your HDs. Puting your HD in the middle as Slave gives the data the shortest distance to travel to the MD where the system BIOS is better off deciding what is master and what is slave by position on the cable. And what is master and what is slave is of little significance anymore. Most System BIOS utilities allow you to instruct the BIOS what drive to boot from anymore.
You *could* use the IDE to SATA adapter and port it on a SATA cable. It would still only transfer at around 60MBs and over 100 on burst. But it could still take time to recognize. Some drives have a spinup delay to prevent shock to the motor believe it or not. WD HD utilities do not allow you to change spin up delays. If yours was built with a delay its probably because of a test result at the factory.
You could designate your OLD 250 as a backup drive and put it in an external enclosure that connects via USB. Thereafter just go with SATA drives. Same thing for the DVD writer if you really want to rip DVDs.
Another viable option, but slows down your bootup speeds is an add in IDE adapter card. These are notoriously slow, but I use them for extra DVD writers in one of my PCs where I have four of these. I have kids and grand children so we share amongst ourselves alot and I do pro bono work for families with Autistic children. When they get a DVD I'll make several backups for them so the children can abuse the Movie DVDs I make and not the original copy.
BTW, USB 3.0 is due out next Spring. At that time you'll want to put one of these new USB 3.0 cards in a PCIe 2.0 slot. USB 3.0 will transfer at 1.5GBs. So, if you're holding off on an external backup drive, these should be forward compatible with USB 3.0 or take a firmware upgrade instead.
And don't forget your 250 may be about to croke and this may be why the BIOS is having trouble reading the phyical characteristics of your drive and energizing it so its ready for use.
As to sending it off to Hospice, yeah sure Avoid all this hassle and get another SATA such as a 1.5T.
Hopet that helps you out but let me know if I've only managed to confuse you; its late. And I'll be on the road all day tomorrow (oh boy).
Posted on Nov 21, 2008
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