Category: System & Controllers
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc
Caution Level: Alert
Download File Size: 32.69 Mb
Operating System: Windows XP, Windows 2000
Latest Version / Release Date: 126.96.36.199 / 15th April 2004
ATI IDE controllers work by being connected to devices such as the floppy drive, the hard drive and the CD_ROM drive through the IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics) interface. The IDE interface is essentially a typical for connecting a computer to a storage device. Basically, the IDE interface is generally the most ideal means of connecting hard drives to PCs in terms of popularity. Its original name was ATA (AT Attachment) and its significance was basically that this interface was designed to serve the IBM AT computers. ATI IDE controllers ensures that several programs can be run from one user interface such as when programming languages are included in a debugger and compiler or a text editor, then all of them are activated and they proceed to function from the same menu. It is more economical when compared to SCSI interfaces.
Unless you update your drivers regularly you may face hardware performance issues.
To check your drivers you should manually verify every device on your system for driver updates
There are built-in controller electronics in the IDE drive; hence the PC requires only a simple circuit for connection. In earlier versions, the attachment of the IDE drive to the PC was accomplished using an IDE card host adapter. Two IDE sockets, which were enhanced, were subsequently in-built on the motherboard and each socket connected two drives through the CD-ROM ribbon cable with 40 pins and other similar devices. The configuration of IDE drives is basically into slave and master while the drives jumper pins are used for setting up the cables preceding drive as master while the second is set as slave if present. ATAPI is short form for ATA Packet Interface, which was basically developed to enhance CD-ROM drives in running through ATA/IDE interface through the use of commands that are similar to those of the SCSI drives. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and ATI IDE Controller errors before installing any driver updates.