Joined: 10 Aug 2002 Posts: 16776955 Location: Portland, Oregon USA
Posted: Sat Aug 17, 2002 3:48 am Post subject: Re: DMA on Win2k
Hi, just reformatted and re-installed everything and the thing is running
like a dog, I can not remeber where to set the DMA settings and if I need
drivers, as it was a long time since i last did it.
I think it must be that as when I use the CD-Writer the whole computer slow down and the hard drives are much slower now.
Any pointers much appreciated.
] Microsoft has confirmed there is a problem in that Windows Millennium Edition does not automatically enable Direct Memory Access (DMA) when installing on a computer with DMA compliant Hard and CD-ROM drives. Microsoft recommends you enable DMA via the Device Manager. Here's how:
1. Click on the 'Start' button.
2. Highlight 'Settings', 'Control Panel', and click on 'System'.
3. Click on the 'Device Manager' tab.
4. Click on the plus-box next to 'CD-ROM'.
5. Click on your DMA compliant CD-ROM to view its properties. (A DMA compliant device is known to be UDMA 33, 66, or 100 capable).
6. Click on 'System' tab.
7. Place a check mark in the box next to "DMA" by clicking on the box.
8. A warning window will pop up. Click on the 'OK' button.
9. Follow steps #4 through #8 for your Hard Drive. Just substitute the word "CD-ROM" with "Disk drives".
10. Reboot your computer.
A word of caution. If you are unsure if your CD-ROM or Hard drive is UDMA compliant, do not activate the DMA feature. Doing so may cause your system to freeze up.
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