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ide channels and installing a new DVD-RW drive


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sync

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Hi,

I just bought an LG Super-Multi DVD Drive (GSA-4167B).

I have a 60GB hard drive as the master on IDE channel 1 and a 250GB HDD as the slave on the same channel.

So, I put the new DVD drive in the bay and connect the power and the audio and run a 40 wire ide cable from the DVD drive to the secondary IDE channel on my motherboard.

I now turn the computer on and...my bios can't find my hard drives. It sits on auto-detect for about 30 seconds and then says that it could not detect any drives.

So I shut the power off, unplug the IDE cable from the secondary plug on my motherboard, turn the computer back on, and it works perfectly.

What am i doing wrong here? I have the DVD drive set to master, since it is the only device on the secondary channel.

I have tried resetting my BIOS and editing it by forcing the BIOS to see the DVD drive as a CD/DVD drive in the CMOS settings, but it still causes the computer to hang. Is it even a BIOS problem? Is the cable cooked?

The install instructions make it look so easy! :tazz:

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Edited by sync, 28 December 2005 - 10:12 PM.

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Kemasa

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The first thing you might try is to replace the 250Mb disk with the DVD drive and see if there is a problem with the DVD drive, use the same cable and set the drive as a slave. If that works, then try putting the 250Gb disk on the second channel.

I would assume that you have two ide channels, but you might want to make sure and also see if there are any settings which might affect that, such a using it as a RAID device. The cable could also be a problem, but it is hard to say.
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austin_o

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I had a similar experience once, and it turned out to be a bad EIDE cable on my second EIDE channel.
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problem solved!

one of my power cables wasn't working.

voltmeter saves the day!
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