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P2B Win2k and IBM HD

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November 26, 2002 5:52:34 PM

I have an old P2B LS running Win2k and acting as a server.

I have put a 40GB ATA/66 IBM hard drive in it and now everytime I have to reboot the computer the hard drive "Write cache enabled" turns itself off and I have to manually turn it back on. This is a pain in the you know what and without Write cache the system is horribly slow. Does anyone know of this incompadibility or a fix?

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November 26, 2002 5:56:54 PM

What is a P2B LS?
I have never heard of 'Write cache' for harddrives. Is that a setting in the BIOS?
Are you sure that UDMA is enabled in both the BIOS and in Windows?
Have you checked for a BIOS update?

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November 26, 2002 6:01:24 PM

A P2B is a fairly famous but older Asus motherboard. The LS is simply with an onboard LAN and SCSI option.

Write cache is a property for hard drives that can be found via the device manager -> properties for the hard drive.

UDMA is enabled (Win and BIOS) and there are no new BIOS updates for this board.
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November 26, 2002 6:10:32 PM

This write cache setting still puzzles me. I'm running WXP now, and it does not have a write cache setting I can find. And as far as I remember W2K didn't have either. Do you find the Write cache setting on the same page as Transfer mode?

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November 26, 2002 6:42:36 PM

You're right about XP, I just looked at an XP machine and it doesn't seem to have this setting.

However Win2k does. I've looked at several 2k machine and they all have it. Simply view properties for the hard drive itself (not the ide controller) and on the 2nd tab it's the only thing there. "Write cache enabled" with a checkbox
November 26, 2002 6:53:59 PM

I just powered up my W2K machine, and I see the setting now. It is enabled on my machine. I have no idea why it doesn't stay enable on your system. You may wan't to consider reinstalling W2K or go for WXP.

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November 26, 2002 7:33:41 PM

Reinstalling Win2k had no effect, and this machine won't see an upgrade to XP anytime soon.
November 26, 2002 7:47:14 PM

Damn. This is weird. Try posting the problem in the Windows 2000 forum. What chipset is the mobo using? Perhaps you should consider investigating chipset/IDE drivers and see if that has an effect.

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November 27, 2002 12:52:04 AM

How about installing one of the three win2k service packs. I remember stuff about the original release of windows 2000 not liking certain stuff, like ata66.

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November 27, 2002 3:30:25 PM

I'm at service pack 3. I got a reply on another forum indicating that it is because Active Directory and Write cache enabled cannot co-exist. Does this sound correct?
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