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Device settings are hard to find in Windows XP

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When you try to configure the direct memory access and programmed input/output (DMA/PIO) settings for a device on a Windows XP-based computer, the settings may not appear in the Properties dialog box for the device. Help does not provide the location of the settings.

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This issue occurs because the DMA/PIO settings are configured for each controller instead of for each device.

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To work around this issue, open Control Panel, and then follow these steps to configure the DMA/PIO settings for a controller:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type devmgmt.msc, and then click OK.
  2. Expand IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers.
  3. Right-click the controller that you want to configure DMA/PIO settings for, and then click Properties.
  4. Click the Advanced Settings tab.
  5. In the Transfer Mode box, click either PIO Only or DMA if available.

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Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

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Keywords: KB310751, kbprb, kbenv

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Article Info
Article ID : 310751
Revision : 9
Created on : 12/1/2007
Published on : 12/1/2007
Exists online : False
Views : 418