Having a big problem

Dell / N/A
March 26, 2009 at 09:12:32
Specs: Windows2k, Intel Celeron/3.0ghz/768
Hello everyone.

I am using a Dell 210L, Celeron at 3.06ghz.

When installing games from my DVD writer, there was crc errors, i manage to fix this problem by changing it to PIO mode. Much slower, but not a big problem.

However, using Ultra DMA mode for my Hard drive is a different story. Some games won't work, and i get corrupted file, volume corrupt, or crc errors extracting files. Now if i switch it to PIO mode on my HD, i get no more errors, but games are horrible slow.

I don't see a option in bios to change to Normal DMA mode or maybe Ultra pio mode, please tell me how i can fix this problem, PIO mode for my hard drive or external HD is just too slow to use, and ultra dma gives me problems.

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March 26, 2009 at 10:21:37
First remove and reinstall the RAM modules 4 or 5 times each. Then run memtest86 on the RAM. No errors are acceptable.


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March 26, 2009 at 11:36:43

are you saying i should be able to run in Ultra DMA mode 5 without any problems?

Also, how come i can't change DMA mode to something else other then 5?

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March 26, 2009 at 12:22:40
DMA mode is determined by the device. Either you use DMA or not.

You should be able to run in DMA mode with no issues. That is how it is designed to work.

If you were only having issues with your CD then I would blame bad media. However, both optical and hard drives are giving CRC errors so the first place to look is the RAM. Next would be the motherboard chipset drivers.

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March 26, 2009 at 12:53:44

alright thanks. I am going to replace the ram with a brand new stick and see what happens.

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March 26, 2009 at 13:16:49
You don't need to do that. Even brand new can give you trouble. Oxidation can form on the contacts. RAM doesn't go bad that often. Just try what I suggested first. Then if you still get CRC errors run the test.

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