Thank you very much for the reply.
Respectfully, I simply cannot believe that I have to reinstall, when there is a MS KB article
that explains a workaround for the exact
opposite problem when the exact
BSOD occurs. If I don't have to reinstall to enable AHCI, why would I need to reinstall if I wish to disable
As you may know, and as explained in the KB article, the issue that causes the 0x7B BSOD is that the AHCI driver
in Vista is disabled, and the KB article goes on to describe enabling the driver
in the registry. It seems to me the inverse is happening here: The eIDE driver has been disabled, and it seems simply finding the correct registry key and enabling it would do the trick. The issue at hand, therefore, is finding the correct registry key/subkey. Is this oversimplification of the issue?
I find it very odd that this has not come up before, especially since so many people (like myself) mistakenly believe that AHCI is going to improve HD performance on a basic system that isn't being used in a server capacity, especially on a gaming system, and wish to disable
AHCI to improve
HD performance for sequential access applications (like games).
UPDATE: It looks like the two drivers
that need to be enabled just might be pciide and intelide...