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Primary IDE controller / yello exclmtion

By littlewoodhull ·
I have a Emachine 400i. Old but working with Windows 98. Checked through all hardware and found Intel PCI Bus Master, went to Intel and uploaded new drivers. yellow exclamation is still there. Computer still works, but slow, sometimes running out of memory while online.

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by TheChas In reply to Primary IDE controller / ...

First question, did you download the specific archive version of the Intel driver utility for the chip-set on your motherboard?

The latest version of the Intel driver utility does not support older chip-sets and may not be correct for your system.

Next, in system properties, check the Performance tab.

Under disk drives / file system, does it show that you are running in MSDOS compatibility mode?

If so, the first step is to disable MS-DOS mode drivers for your CD-ROM drive in Config.sys and Autoexec.bat files.

Then, follow the procedure outlined in this Microsoft Knowledge Base Article:**1/


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by ctrservices In reply to Primary IDE controller / ...

As mentioned earlier, make sure you have the correct driver for your chipset. Then uninstall the PCI Bus Master, restart the PC and when the Found New Hardware wizard appears, manually tell it where the new driver is (downloaded to the Desktop is usually easy).

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by Mark In reply to Primary IDE controller / ...

Some older systems will change a registry value that causes the controller to not work. I didn't try to find the exact location, but search for the key "NOIDE". Change the value from 1 to 0 or delete it. Then reboot the system and let it redetect the IDE controller. Make sure if it asks to restart after the primary, to say no and wait till it finds the secondary too.

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