these are my IDE channels before PC screwup:
IDE cable 2 is a single link cable. only runs one device.
I did a pretty good job of diagnosis. Windows only boots if the CD-ROM isnt connected, but it will boot if the DVD ROM is on channel 2, not channel 1 on slave, with the HDD on master.
If only the HDD is connected it will still boot.
All of my connections are secure
The floppy drive works
Everything was fine before this
BUT, even if it does boot with the DVD-ROM on the 2nd channel, windows still doenst recognize it and if you press the eject button on the drive nothing happens. The little LED's dont even come on on the drive, but if i connect the CD-ROM where the DVD-ROM is, windows wont boot. I get the same "pool data" screen.
I think it may be some kind of BIOS problem
I know this is very confusing, any help is appreciated.
Edited by mrdrphil007, 22 October 2005 - 04:05 PM.