The message indicates that it is the Drive that has problems.
What is it's model number and capacity.
One would expect it to be less than 20Gb if this message is applicable.
If you want download the current Seatools software from the Seagate website
to investigate your hard drive.
If this doesn't 'run' then you have a real problem on the drive.
> I have an ECS PT800CE-A motherboard and a P4 processor running Windows
> XP Pro SP2. I have been having a lot of problems with crashing and
> recently found an entry in the System Logs (Control Panel>Administrative
> Tools>Event Viewer>System) that I think might be connected.
> The entry is:
> The driver has detected that device \Device\Ide\IdePort0 has old or
> out-of-date firmware. Reduced performance may result.
> But I don't know if that means the firmware inside the disk drive
> (Seagate ST3160023A) or the controller firmware. The controller is the
> one built into the motherboard.
> I have tried downloading the utilities from ECS, but they don't seem to
> update it. The Seagate software (from the CD that came with it) doesn't
> run at all. Before I replace the motherboard or the drive, I'd like to
> find out if there is some other solution.
> Any help, appreciated.
> Chris Rehm
> It's your dungeon, make it Mammoth.