Windows XP forum: DMA vs PIO settings

by: kmaki June 26, 2005 5:45 AM PDT

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DMA vs PIO settings

by kmaki - 6/26/05 5:45 AM

My PC is slow, will changing to DMA improve performance? When I view the settings, it is DMA if available, and transfer is set to PIO for both ide controllers? I have tried changing the settings, but I do not have an option to change tranfer mode to DMA.

Below is some system info. Thanks for your help.


Motherboard is ABIT NV-7 133R
Operating System System Model
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600) Enclosure Type: Desktop
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
1.47 gigahertz AMD Athlon XP
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: nVidia-nForce
Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 03/07/2002
Drives Memory Modules c,d
120.05 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
111.77 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

LITEON DVD-ROM LTD-165H [CD-ROM drive]
SONY DVD RW DRU-510A [CD-ROM drive]
3.5'' format removeable media [Floppy drive]

Generic STORAGE DEVICE USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 2
MAXTOR 6L040J2 [Hard drive] (40.03 GB) -- drive 1, s/n 662221948355, rev A93.0500, SMART Status: Healthy
WDC WD800JB-00CRA1 [Hard drive] (80.03 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WMA8E2361627, rev 17.07W17, SMART Status: Healthy 640 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'A0' has 256 MB
Slot 'A1' has 256 MB
Slot 'A2' has 128 MB
Local Drive Volumes

c: (NTFS on drive 0) 69.54 GB 62.69 GB free
d: (NTFS on drive 1) 40.03 GB 38.67 GB free
e: (NTFS on drive 0) 10.49 GB 10.41 GB free

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