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January 23, 2005 8:09:39 PM

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Greets.

I have a WD 80 Meg capable of DMA mode 5. My mobo is an Intel mp440bx
which I believe can only handle DMA mode 2 with the last of the bios
revisions - the 4m4pbox1.15A.033. P21

I'm running at 1.2 ghz with the Powerleap ip/3 and running Windows XP
sr-2

My question is this: Will a new controller card capable of Ultra DMA
mode 5 help since the bios is only capable of reading up to mode 2 or
am I stuck at mode 2??

Thanks!!!
Anonymous
January 23, 2005 9:56:50 PM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.gateway2000 (More info?)

Yes, the controller card will add faster ATA support, and yes, with a
newer drive, it is worth the cost - most drives will now deliver in the
60s (MBps), about double what your onboard drive interface can handle.




Brock wrote:
>
> Greets.
>
> I have a WD 80 Meg capable of DMA mode 5. My mobo is an Intel mp440bx
> which I believe can only handle DMA mode 2 with the last of the bios
> revisions - the 4m4pbox1.15A.033. P21
>
> I'm running at 1.2 ghz with the Powerleap ip/3 and running Windows XP
> sr-2
>
> My question is this: Will a new controller card capable of Ultra DMA
> mode 5 help since the bios is only capable of reading up to mode 2 or
> am I stuck at mode 2??
>
> Thanks!!!
>
>
>
>
Anonymous
January 24, 2005 1:58:03 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.gateway2000 (More info?)

A new IDE controller card capable of DMA mode 5 would work, but I doubt that you
would see enough improvment in performance to justify buying and installing one.

.... Ben Myers

On Sun, 23 Jan 2005 17:09:39 -0500, Brock <brock@fungo.net> wrote:

>
>
>Greets.
>
>I have a WD 80 Meg capable of DMA mode 5. My mobo is an Intel mp440bx
>which I believe can only handle DMA mode 2 with the last of the bios
>revisions - the 4m4pbox1.15A.033. P21
>
>I'm running at 1.2 ghz with the Powerleap ip/3 and running Windows XP
>sr-2
>
>My question is this: Will a new controller card capable of Ultra DMA
>mode 5 help since the bios is only capable of reading up to mode 2 or
>am I stuck at mode 2??
>
>Thanks!!!
>
>
>
>
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Anonymous
January 24, 2005 4:17:25 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.gateway2000 (More info?)

I remain skeptical of the real benefits here, but you never know... Ben Myers

On Sun, 23 Jan 2005 18:56:50 -0500, "Edward J. Neth" <ejn63@netscape.net> wrote:

>Yes, the controller card will add faster ATA support, and yes, with a
>newer drive, it is worth the cost - most drives will now deliver in the
>60s (MBps), about double what your onboard drive interface can handle.
>
>
>
>
>Brock wrote:
>>
>> Greets.
>>
>> I have a WD 80 Meg capable of DMA mode 5. My mobo is an Intel mp440bx
>> which I believe can only handle DMA mode 2 with the last of the bios
>> revisions - the 4m4pbox1.15A.033. P21
>>
>> I'm running at 1.2 ghz with the Powerleap ip/3 and running Windows XP
>> sr-2
>>
>> My question is this: Will a new controller card capable of Ultra DMA
>> mode 5 help since the bios is only capable of reading up to mode 2 or
>> am I stuck at mode 2??
>>
>> Thanks!!!
>>
>>
>>
>>
January 24, 2005 4:39:37 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.gateway2000 (More info?)

Thanks for the answers and opinions as well, guys. :)  I wasn't sure if
my mobo bios would restrict me but I think the I/O cards have their
own bios?

I'll try to do some benchmarking and try to see what the gains
actually are once I get it in there. Looks like I'll prolly pick up
the Promise Ultra100 TX2 or something similar.

On Mon, 24 Jan 2005 01:17:25 GMT, ben_myers_spam_me_not @ charter.net
(Ben Myers) wrote:

>I remain skeptical of the real benefits here, but you never know... Ben Myers
>
>On Sun, 23 Jan 2005 18:56:50 -0500, "Edward J. Neth" <ejn63@netscape.net> wrote:
>
>>Yes, the controller card will add faster ATA support, and yes, with a
>>newer drive, it is worth the cost - most drives will now deliver in the
>>60s (MBps), about double what your onboard drive interface can handle.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>Brock wrote:
>>>
>>> Greets.
>>>
>>> I have a WD 80 Meg capable of DMA mode 5. My mobo is an Intel mp440bx
>>> which I believe can only handle DMA mode 2 with the last of the bios
>>> revisions - the 4m4pbox1.15A.033. P21
>>>
>>> I'm running at 1.2 ghz with the Powerleap ip/3 and running Windows XP
>>> sr-2
>>>
>>> My question is this: Will a new controller card capable of Ultra DMA
>>> mode 5 help since the bios is only capable of reading up to mode 2 or
>>> am I stuck at mode 2??
>>>
>>> Thanks!!!
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
Anonymous
January 24, 2005 3:14:21 PM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.gateway2000 (More info?)

I/O cards like the Promise Ultra 100 have their own BIOS to either supplement or
replace the motherboard BIOS... Ben Myers

On Mon, 24 Jan 2005 01:39:37 -0500, Brock <brock@fungo.net> wrote:

>Thanks for the answers and opinions as well, guys. :)  I wasn't sure if
>my mobo bios would restrict me but I think the I/O cards have their
>own bios?
>
> I'll try to do some benchmarking and try to see what the gains
>actually are once I get it in there. Looks like I'll prolly pick up
>the Promise Ultra100 TX2 or something similar.
>
>On Mon, 24 Jan 2005 01:17:25 GMT, ben_myers_spam_me_not @ charter.net
>(Ben Myers) wrote:
>
>>I remain skeptical of the real benefits here, but you never know... Ben Myers
>>
>>On Sun, 23 Jan 2005 18:56:50 -0500, "Edward J. Neth" <ejn63@netscape.net> wrote:
>>
>>>Yes, the controller card will add faster ATA support, and yes, with a
>>>newer drive, it is worth the cost - most drives will now deliver in the
>>>60s (MBps), about double what your onboard drive interface can handle.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>Brock wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Greets.
>>>>
>>>> I have a WD 80 Meg capable of DMA mode 5. My mobo is an Intel mp440bx
>>>> which I believe can only handle DMA mode 2 with the last of the bios
>>>> revisions - the 4m4pbox1.15A.033. P21
>>>>
>>>> I'm running at 1.2 ghz with the Powerleap ip/3 and running Windows XP
>>>> sr-2
>>>>
>>>> My question is this: Will a new controller card capable of Ultra DMA
>>>> mode 5 help since the bios is only capable of reading up to mode 2 or
>>>> am I stuck at mode 2??
>>>>
>>>> Thanks!!!
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>
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