The problem is, the computer won't boot when the primary master on the Adaptec PCI IDE controller card is attached (the 300GB HDD). The boot-up stalls on the screen where you see the big box of system specs. Normally, a text appears on the bottom of the table where it says "checking floppy for boot-up information" or something like that, but that never shows up. It just gets stuck there. Now when I unplug the 300GB HDD from the PCI Controller card at this point, the computer suddenly un-freezes itself and continues to boot up fine.
I've already installed the drivers for the PCI Card in windows, and the device is identified as a "Silicon Image Sil 0680 ATA/133 Controller". Windows also recognized the DVD burner on the secondary master fine.
During the boot up process, another text also appears right after the memory chekc but before the big table of specs. It reads as follows:
Sil 0680 ATA/133 Controller Bios Version 3.2.10
Copyright © 1997-2003 Silicon Image, Inc.
Press F3 to enter Configuration Ultility
Driver Number: 2 Plextor DVDR
As you can see, the computer has trouble recognizing the maxtor 300GB even at this stage.
If I press F3, it simply commands me to enter the drive number for the primary drive. I've tried entering just 1 but nothing happens afterwards.
Please help, as I would like to keep this 300GB on the new ATA controller as a Primary master. I could always just attach it as the primary slave on the on-board IDE controller, or as a secondary slave on the new ATA controller, but I would like to keep it the way it is for performance reasons.
My motherboard is a Mainboard P4S5A.
Many thanks in advance!
EDIT: All of the drives have been jumpered with the correct master/slave designation (as far as I know). None of the them have been jumpered as "Cable Select". My motherboard has an on-board Ultra ATA/100 IDE controller. You can see why I would like to keep the new 300GB HDD on the new IDE controller that is ATA/133.
Edited by hyeok, 17 August 2005 - 05:30 PM.