Fix DVD fallout from Windows 98 to Win2k laptop upgrade

If you upgrade a laptop from Windows 98 to Win2k, the DVD player may not function properly. Find out this user's fix.

If you have a laptop with Windows 98 installed and a DVD player, upgrading the OS to Windows 2000 will result in the DVD playing a movie with dropout and sputtering sound. This is caused by the DVD player I/O not being DMA enabled.

In Windows 2000, enter the Device Manager and select IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers. The DVD/CD is usually installed in the Secondary IDE Channel. Select it and check the properties. Set both Device 0 and Device 1 Transfer Mode to "DMA if Available" under Advanced Settings tab.


This was first published in August 2001

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