WDC WD1000BB and Promise 100TX2 IDE controller


#1

Hi Guys,

I’m trying to resurrect an old Gateway to run as a print server. It has an Intel al440lx mobo with 66MHz FSB, and I want to install a Western Digital WD1000BB HDD on a Promise 100tx2 controlled card. The problem I have is that while both the HDD and controller card are UDMA-5, when the system boots and the controller initializes the HDD they only run at UDMA-2. Does anyone have any idea why? I’ve used the controlled with a different drive and it will run at UDMA-5, apparently just not with the WD1000BB. I know the WD1000BB is in good working order because it works fine plugged into the mobo IDE sockets, but only at UDMA-2, which is all it supports. I wanted to use the PCI controlled because I thought I’d get faster disk access, but not so far. Any ideas or suggestions?

Thanks guys,

Steve


#2

Maybe you should try contacting WD’s Technical Support about this. You can do so either by phone or email.

To Contact WD for Technical Support
http://support.wdc.com/contact/index.asp?lang=en


#3

Hi,

PROBLEM SOLVED!!!

Thought I’d post the answer in case anyone else has the same issue.

I got hold of DLGUDMA.EXE Ver:2.0.6 ( one of WD’s Data Life utilities ). It allowed me to set the transfer rate to UDMA-5. We’re cruising now!!! YAY!!!