Multi Tasking

milne

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I have a 1.4GHz, 512 DDR with 2 HD's on their own ribbons and both set as master. I have a DVD off of one ribbon and a CD burner off the other, both as slave.
I copy a 250MB file to a CD and when I do so....I can't do anything else. I can barely chat on Yahoo for fear it is going to lock up. What gives...I know I should really be doing anything while burning a CD but in principal, shouldn't I be able too? There is hardly any CPU usage or memory usage showing through all of this.

I think my swap is set at double the RAM. Any suggestions??

Pete


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lhgpoobaa

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hmmm
sounds like a DMA problem.

1. go into your bios and ensure that DMA is enabled for all drives.

2. go into your system -> device manager. check that all hard drives have write caching enabled. then check that the primary and secondary IDE channels have DMA or UDMA enabled. PIO is a big no-no.

3. then reboot, and check to see if DMA has been taken up properly.

Win2k seems to be somewhat picky with enabling DMA mode... manytimes leaving me with extreemly slow drives.

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milne

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Nope,

Everything is set like you stated.

Thanks for the input!


Pete


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If you want true multitasking SCSI will give you that. SCSI is optimized for NTFS. SCSI is multithread IDE is not. Here is some <A HREF="http://scsi.radified.com/scsi_07.htm" target="_new">comparison</A>, but I'm not saying SCSI is better. Just that it is optimized for NT.

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