I used to happily run Windows XP2 on my VAIO when my Toshiba SATA/ATA-7 drive just died on my and so I purchased a new SATA II Western Digital 320BG a few days ago and decided to give Vista x86 (initially preinstalled OS) and Win 7 x64 a try.
Chipset is based on Centrino (Santa Rosa):
Intel(R) Crestline-GM GM965
Intel(R) ICH8M 3 port Serial ATA Storage Controller - 2828
Intel(R) ICH8M Ultra ATA Storage Controllers - 2850
The problem I have is that the computer will be very slow, freeze for minutes at time, and overall be unable to play music or video without hanging on randomly.
Either with Win 7 (x64) or Vista (x86) The Windows Log Event is the key and shows tens of thousands (several occurences a seconds) of this error on IDE Port #2 where the hard drive is located. These are fully synchronized with the slowdowns and freezes I'm getting:
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Log Name: System
Date: 3/28/2011 10:55:37 PM
Event ID: 11
Task Category: None
The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Ide\IdePort2.
<Provider Name="atapi" />
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2011-03-29T05:55:37.259Z" />