TylerDurden wrote:I currently have 2 HD's, a TDK VeloCD CDRW5200B(firmware 67U4), a Plextor PX 708A DVDR± (firmware 1.06), and a either a Pioneer 106s or a Toshiba 1712 DVD-ROM (haven't decided which I am going to use, but it will only be one DVD-ROM). My mobo is an Asus A7v333 with two IDE channels, plus I added a Promise Ultra ATA 133 TX2 PCI IDE controller (latest driver, not sure about the BIOS though).
I originally had my two HD's as master and slave on the Primary IDE of the Promise Controller. I had my VeloCD and DVD-ROM as master and slave on the Primary IDE of my MOBO with the Plextor as the master on the Second IDE of the MOBO.
However, I noticed some bottle-necking, especially running audio or video along with another app, that did not happen when I had my HD on as the master on the MOBO's Primary IDE controller.
So, I switched my two HD's to master and slave on the Primary IDE of the MOBO. I placed my VeloCD and DVD-ROM as the master and slave of the Secondary IDE on the MOBO. And I put the Plex as the master on the Promise Controller's Primary IDE.
However when I tried to burn a CD-R (Sony High Speed CDR) using the Plextor with Nero 126.96.36.199 , I experienced dramatic fluxuations in the buffer size- from 98 to 90 down to 40 a couple times. By swapping the Plextor back to the master on the Secodary IDE on the MOBO, I was able to remedy the buffer problem.
My question is can the Promise IDE controller be used for anything useful, since it was wonky with both my primary HD and DVDR±? And does anyone have any recommendations for optimally configuring those devices?
(Would like to possibly do DVD-ROM to DVD-R copies on the fly. DVD-ROM will be used primarily for ripping.)
a couple of things I do know:
1: promise chip sets have issuse with IRQ's and slot sharing
2: although you can use Optical drives on promise chips its not the most reliable way to use them keep them for HD's