IDE ATA/ATAPI controler included in Vista and Harddrive in HP

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by GT, Mar 9, 2007.

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    GT Guest

    HP PC, P4 2.8ghz HT, 1.5gb pc2700, 160GB IDE hard drive 7200 RPM, ATI 9550
    256mb agp 8x

    ATA Channel
    Intel(R) 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controlers -24D1
    Intel(R) 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controlers -24DB

    Vista included driver on this controlers is causing my harddrive to make
    some annoying sounds. I reinstalled XP and the annoying sound is gone. This
    is a Vista issue that should be check out. HP can't seem to solve the issue
    and they have told me that it's a Window Vista issue
    GT, Mar 9, 2007
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    Jane C Guest

    GT, I have the same ATA controllers as you and have had absolutely no
    annoying sounds from my hard drives at all. Not even back in Beta 2 days.

    On a fresh install of Vista, you have to allow a couple of days for the
    system to 'settle down', especially whilst Vista is indexing. Having said
    that, I can't say that I have ever heard any untoward noises coming from my
    hard drives at all.
    Jane C, Mar 9, 2007
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    Steve Urbach Guest

    Some drives tend to be noisier than others during activity.
    Mounting orientation (approved) can also affect this some.
    Some BIOS have a setting (affects maximum performance) to limit
    "Acoustic Mode".
    Me: Let it be noisy BUT it MUST be accurate. I disable "Write behind
    Cache" and take a small performance hit, but eliminate artifacts when
    multiple files need to be written in sync (example: data and index

    To the OP: look for settings in BIOS and drivers that affect "acoustic
    mode" for your hard drive. ( Vista may not support this mode in its
    quest for performance)
    Steve Urbach, Mar 9, 2007
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    GT Guest

    I have it installed for 1 month already so the sound should go away right and
    i don't have much files and stuff on my computer since it is mainly for
    internet use. all computers are made differently so you might not experience
    this but some people might.
    GT, Mar 9, 2007
  5. Well, considering that my Dell PC has no such problems under XP or Vista, you
    might look a little closer at the ones who actually worked with Intel when
    writing the drivers -- the engineers of HP, who then (hopefully) worked with the
    engineers of Microsoft to work out such annoyances in Vista.

    The drives attached to my Intel RAID controller (SATA) run smoothly as
    cheesecake in a hot sun in either XP OR Vista.

    It surely sounds like the "vista drivers" from HP for that particular U-ATA
    storage controller aren't quite ready for Vista, and seem to be more like "XP
    drivers" re-baptized as "Vista drivers", with little on no work done on them by
    the HP engineers, other than changing a few text strings in the drivers to make
    them appear to be "Vista-capable".

    By the way, modern motherboards, controller cards, and hard drives have the
    ability to regulate the SPEED at which a hard drive operates, thus removing much
    of the noise associated with HD operation. My Dell motherboard has this ability
    in the BIOS. I can barely hear either of mine in operation, even in a room
    which MAGNIFIES all sounds.

    Perhaps you should check in your BIOS to see whether there are variable speed
    settings for your HDs. It won't cost you anything but a little time and a
    reboot or two.

    Donald L McDaniel
    Please Reply to the Original thread.
    Donald L McDaniel, Mar 9, 2007
  6. I assure you, Vista does support this mode (if your motherboard/controller
    card/hard drives support it). If I set my SATA drives to operate at highest
    speed, they are noisy as a jetliner taking off. But if I lower the Acoustic
    mode, they quiet-down considerably.

    This in either XP or Vista.

    Donald L McDaniel
    Please Reply to the Original thread.
    Donald L McDaniel, Mar 9, 2007
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