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Hard Drive Activity

Discussion in 'Computer Components' started by JohnS, Jan 2, 2003.

  1. JohnS

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    Still trying to finish off my Dign case I connected the hard drive led for the 1st time yesterday, (I'd been running it without it connected for the last few weeks).

    During Dsscaler playback I dont see the led blink at all but whilst watching a dvd using theatretek, the led blinks constantly, only stopping if you pause the film.

    This cant be right can it??

    For info I'm using an XP2200+ with 512mb of PC2700 ddr and XPsp1 and this was a clean install with all unecessary services removed.
     
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    Do a disk defrag.
     
  3. JohnS

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    Ok, tried that but still the same?
     
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    Try uninstalling and then reinstalling Theatretek.
     
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    It could be that your DVD software caches the movie to the HDD hence the constant reading from the HDD. :)
     
  6. JohnS

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    But it was a clean install yesterday and Theatretek doesn't seem to like being messed with or rather the sound drivers on my HTPC and there relationship with Theatretek.

    Any other theatretek users care to comment!
     
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    This normally means that your HD and/or DVD drives aren't DMA enabled.
     
  8. JohnS

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    How do I check in XP, I though Theatretek did an automatic check to see if DMA was enabled?
     
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    Go into device manager and check the properties of the primary and secondary IDE controllers. If one of them is using PIO you could try to delete the IDE controller from device manager so that XP recreates it after you reboot.
     
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    Thanks Jeff, Device 1 on the primary controller was PIO and you can change it in the advanced settings tab, even after a reboot the LED still shows in Theatretek?
     
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    Your hd led isn't actually a hard disk activity led but an IDE activity led- it is not differentiating between your hard disk activity on one IDE channel and your dvd drive activity on another. Same with mine. Don't worry about it. A lot of hard disks actually have on board led's just for their activity so you could probably open your case up and have a look if you want confirmation. If this isn't available, you can always just listen for hard disk activity with the sound down. But I'm pretty certain this is whats happening, and is nothing to worry about.
     
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    Thanks all, at least I now know everything is configured correctly so I think I'll just unplug the LED again, the damm flickering gets on my nerves when your watching a film.;)
     

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