Opening the dell I found a proprietary ide cable with only one connector for the single hdd I ordered with the system; like Dell didnt want you to upgrade by yourself. or a parts cost issue, who knows. I replaced that cable with another that had a blue connector for the mb, and the only way I could route the cable ended up making the original 80gb boot drive a secondary on the chain, so the new 320gb drive is primary. New drive has the 'cable select' jumper in place.
I tried making the new hdd a secondary slave to the dvdrw drive, same exact results as above.
Does the cable have something to do with the icons disappearing on the desktop? F2 setup utilities seem correct......
what am I missing?