|Okay, I'm running W2000, service pack 4|
I don't know about the drivers. This computer was built by my older son, who has his own computer-related IT business. He's too busy, otherwise I'd ask him more about it. He's good at working, fixing people's computers, networking, etc,,but not that good at teaching his dad how to get through a problem. I think he wants me to learn how to do it on my own, instead of taking his valuable time.
When I mentioned the BIOS, and Shuttle, he seemed to think that Shuttle wouldn't be supporting a motherboard this old (ten years or so). I know I've tried tracking down a BIOS update before, and it's not easy. At my level of knowledge, I'm not even certain how to install a BIOS update, even if I were to find one.
Also, I'm finding conflicting information on exactly which BIOS version is active on this computer. One site says one thing, and a piece of software says another. I'm not certain which is the definitive word, and don't want to be trying BIOS updates if I'm not certain it's necessary.
Drivers, I'm not sure. But the Maxtor 60Gig drive works. Never had a problem with it. Don't know why the Barracuda would need different drivers in W2000, or where to find them. I can see that the drives wouldn't be working to their full potential if they don't have the correct drivers. I'm just not sure where to look. I'll try the manufacturers site first. I tried that earlier tonight, and for some reason, when I input the drive model number, I got no response. Maybe it won't work with Firefox, and I'll have to revisit the site in IE.
I already tried a different power supply. I was using a 235 watt model, the original one, and my son said it could be the power supply, and gave me a 400 watt supply, a "Cooler Master" RS-400-PSAR-J3. It didn't make a difference, but at least now I have a better power supply.
So, I'm going to have to look for drivers, a BIOS update, take a close look at the POST screens, look for the Seagate drive fitness utility, and do some studying to understand the relation between chipset drivers and DMA, whatever that is. "Direct Monkey Access"?
I'm working my way through all of this, as you can see. I just haven't been here today, due to the fact that my wonderful IT son took us somewhere for my birthday.
I do so appreciate all the help. I'll be working on it, probably try a few things right now, in fact, though it's 1:30 AM here. That's not a problem, however, since I'm up most of the night anyway. I'm retired, so I don't have to follow any set schedule. Lucky me.