Fetcher, on Apr 5 2006, 01:16 AM, said:
It worked!... ...but I ended up with no access to my DVD-RW as the IDE drivers were not there anymore. After looking deeper into the INF files, the NVIDIA IDE drivers seem to be a layer of drivers that go OVER the standard IDE drivers... weird.
Your conclusion is wrong.
As the nForce Serial ATA Controller and the nForce Parallel ATA (=IDEs/w) Controller uses the same driver named NVATABUS.SYS, both hardware devices and the related nForce driver are automaticly installed during XP setup.
The nForce IDE (=P-ATA) driver works well with almost all IDE devices (CD-ROM/DVD). I personally have never installed the MS standard IDE drivers.
When you get no access to your CD-ROM/DVD device (unless having flashed the newest firmware) after the installation of the nForce P-ATA driver, you can easily substitute this NVIDIA driver by the MS Dual Channel IDE Controller drivers:
1. Open the device manager and open the section IDE ATA/ATAPI Controller.
2. Rightclick on the Nforce Parallel ATA Controller und choose "properties"
3. Click "update driver"
4. Choose non-automatic search and enable "show compatible hardware devices"
5. Now you will see the 2 compatible devices, the nForce P-ATA( = IDE s/w) and the MS Dual Channel IDE Controller.
6. Choose the MS driver and reboot.
You can check the substitution of the IDE driver by having a look into the device manager > IDE ATA/ATAPI Controller. The nForce Parallel ATA Controller will not be listed anymore.