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honold

3ware 7000-2 + 2xwd2000jb mirror, wb99 still sucks bad

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I also think it is the 7000-2, I have the same problem with this controller. I posted a thread on this thing several days ago and I was told it was the SCSI "bug" in XP. However XPCacheFilter did not help. Before this controller I had a Highpoint 1520 which did not have this problem, benchmarks were a lot better there (90k/90k r/w) but I had frequent file corruption in Windows XP and linux refused to install with it so I returned it and got this 3ware controller, far more stable but not so good performance.

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big note here guys, for the 60th time:

i had the same results on a single wd2000jb running on a promise ata133 card as well as the onboard i850 ide.

that's right, no raid, no 3ware, same crappy results.

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Perhaps one (or both) of your drives have issues....you've tested both independently? Or just one? IIRC, the 2 drives in RAID1 will perform as slow as the slowest drive in the array.

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ddrueding1:

i just unplugged drive 1 (my original drive) to see if the other one has the problem, and it has the exact same results.

I also just realized that I did the same thing (asking a question to something that has already stated - firmware in my case). :oops:

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oops :oops:

This problem is indeed vexing :(

It seems that many of the same questions are coming up over and over.....let's see if we can sum up what the problem isn't:

1. Drives? NO - either both are bad or they aren't the problem.

2. Controller? NO - same problem occured using the onboard controller.

3. OS Install problem? NO - reccured after multiple re-installs

4. Conflict with software? NO - no other apps loaded at the time.

4. Conflict with other hardware?????

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i pulled out the other crap

ac97 audio is disabled and i have no onboard lan or raid

agp: abit siluro geforce4 ti4200 64mb

pci: turtle beach santa cruz, intel pro/100s

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Couple things:

Using BIOS ver "BW"?

My final suggestion is to do a WPCREDIT dump of your registers. Then, have someone else with a different 850 chipset motherboard dump theirs. Do a diff between the dumps, and see it the problem is specific to your board's settings.

Unfortunately, there isn't a PCR file for the 850 available yet. I may have time to make one, but I do not have an 850 board to test here.

Thank you for your time,

Frank Russo

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Very frustrating :(

I've recently (today) grown much more interested in your findings, as I am on the verge of ordering identical hardware (card and drives) for a nearly identical configuration (single 200GB partition, RAID1). Sorry, but I am a selfish person :oops:

Have you tried moving the drives to a different system? Different MoBo? Perhaps a BIOS upgrade (or downgrade....just different)?

What do your IOMeter scores look like?

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never did the drives on another system, i may do that soon (which would also test another mb).

bios upgrade did nothing, and i'm not downgrading.

no idea how to use iometer.

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I just want to verify that the plain vanilla test included:

Without Overclock

Removing all PCI cards

Disabling all onboard stuff except controller

INstalling Intel Application Accelerator IDE drivers.

Because it sounds like a PCI bus problem which is either caused by the motherboard or one of the cards installed or perhaps the overclock frying something?

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never did the drives on another system, i may do that soon (which would also test another mb).
Didn't you test the original JB on your Gigabyte ?

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dude, I have made repeative questions. But I'm trying to follow this through right from the original JB problem you posted a month or so ago. In that you forked the problem over to this thread, in which :

my ultra66 pci won't support the 2000jb, but the maxtor tests faster on it. interestingly enough, the same thing happens on another system here (gigabyte ga-7vtxe kt266 w/latest hyperion 4-in-1 and pci latency patch). anybody have any idea what's going on here?
Perhaps I haven't paid attention and have missed something from the get go, but I have been working under the impression that this is all one connected/related problem: your JB sucked then, your JB sucks now.

CK

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i'm beginning to wonder if a new thread is in order :o)

the word 'your' threw me because it's a roommate's system. yes, it was tested on his system, and it sucked there too.

perhaps this firmware rev sucks?

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the thread has reached critical mass (>50 posts generally just degrades into guys like me asking the same questions over and over :wink: )

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honold, I love your signature in the bottom of your messages. It is kind of magic. I clicked to help and I got a new windows and noticed your "help..." signature so I click to help and I again saw your...and click to help and click to help...I can't help clicking your "help..." signature so I ended up having over a hundred new windows with the same page duh~:roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:

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*admiting I didn't look to see if you've already done this, nor am I going to wade through all the crap above*:

at this point, I would d/l the various drive manufacturers utilities:

Mator's Maxblast, IBM feature tool, Seagate's seatools, whatever WD calls their own

and poke around to see if the JB's left the factory some stupid setting enabled.

otherwise, i think that the firmware is just puking for whatever reason

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