PATA/SATA hard drive and DVD performance slow on nForce based motherboard

Answer ID 1863
Published 05/31/2006 11:22 AM
Updated 07/24/2009 06:23 PM

My IDE/SATA performance is getting slower on my nForce motherboad.  I also experience system instability when playing certain 3d games.  How do I fix this?

For optimal SATA/PATA performance, please make sure you have installed all drivers for your motherboard.  These will generally include SATA drivers for accelerated performance.  Certain things can also affect your SATA/PATA performance such as bad cables, cables which are not properly shielded or devices which conflict with each other. 

In addition, certain copy protection mechanism used by newer applications can affect SATA/PATA performance.  One of the more common problematic copy protection mechanisms used is called Starforce.  Starforce is a copy protection used by a few games that when the game is installed, Starforce installs itself as a hidden IDE driver without prompting the end user.  To verify whether Starforce is installed, go into your Control Panel -> double-click over the System icon -> this will bring up the System Properties -> click on the Hardware tab -> click on the Device Manager button -> this will bring up the Device Manager.  If the Starforce device drivers appear in the Device Manager, they are currently installed on your computer.  

Certain editions of the following titles have been known to include Starforce copy protection.  Please contact the software developer for more information.

7 Sins
American Conquest - Divided Nation
Anito: Defend A Land Enraged
Anstoss 4
Area 51
Bet on Soldier
Beyond Divinity
Black Mirror
Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII
Blitzkrieg 2
Blitzkrieg: Rolling Thunder
Brian Lara International Cricket 2005
Broken Sword 3: The Sleeping Dragon
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood
Chaos League
Chaos League: Sudden Death
City Life
Codename: Panzers Phase One
Codename: Panzers Phase Two
Cold War
Colin McRae Rally 2005
Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars
Crazy Frog Racer
Creature Conflict
Cross Racing Championship 2005
Curse: The Eye of Isis
Cycling Manager 3
Cycling Manager 4
Dead to Rights
Desert Rats vs Afrika Korps
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey
Enigma: Rising Tide
Etherlords II
Fire Chief
Fire Department 3
Freedom Force vs The Third Reich
Gooka: The Mystery of Janatris
GT Legends
GTI Racing
GTR: FIA GT Racing Game
Hammer & Sickle
Kicker Manager 2004
Kill Switch
Knights of the Temple 2
Korea: Forgotten Conflict
L.A. Rush
Lock On: Flaming Cliffs
Mad Tracks
Medieval Lords
Namco Museum 50th Anniversary
Neuro Hunter
Pac Man World 2
Pac Man World 3
Paradise Sokal
Pax Romana
Peter Jackson's King Kong
Postal 2: Apocalypse Weekend
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Pro Rugby Manager
Pure Pinball
Rally Championship Xtreme
Restaurant Empire
Restricted Area
Ricky Ponting International Cricket 2005
Runaway: A Road Adventure
Rush for Berlin
Second Sight
Shade: Wrath of Angels
Silent Hunter 3
Silent Storm
Silkolene Honda Motocross GP
Singles: Flirt Up Your Life
Singles 2: Triple Trouble
Sniper Elite
Soldiers Heroes of World War 2
Space Hack
Space Rangers 2
SpellForce 2
Splinter Cell 3: Chaos Theory
Star Wolves
Steel Saviour
Still Life
Street Racing Syndicate
SuperPower 2
Taito Legends 2
The Fall: Last Days of Gaia
The Moment of Silence
The Stalin Subway
The Suffering
The Suffering: Ties That Bind
The Westerner
TOCA Race Driver 2
TOCA Race Driver 3
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six : Lockdown
TrackMania : Power Up
TrackMania Nations
TrackMania Sunrise
TrackMania Sunrise eXtreme
Traitors Gate 2: Cypher
UFO: Aftershock
Universal Combat: A World Apart
V8 Supercars 2
V8 Supercars 3
Virtual Skipper 3
Virtual Skipper 4
War and Peace
War on Terror
Wildlife Park
Will of Steel
Wintersport Pro 2006
World Racing 2
World War II: Frontline Command
Worms 4: Mayhem
X3: Reunion
Xpand Rally
Xuan-Yuan Sword 4
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