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?
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?
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?
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
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.