Re: Help with installing/2 hd's/burnner and cdrom

Re: Help with installing/2 hd's/burnner and cdrom


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Posted by Henry on September 19, 2001 at 15:40:34:

In Reply to: Help with installing/2 hd's/burnner and cdrom posted by d.seelye on September 19, 2001 at 12:00:35:

: To make it short,in what order do i install?
: can i put a cdrom and hard disk on same strap?
: another hard disk and burner on second strap?
: also computer won't reconize a:drive?
: can anyone help?the bad news is i'm using windows
: millemium.
: thanks


You can install those IDE devices any way you want to but the best way depends on how you intend to use them. I'd install the HDDs on one IDE channel (cable) with one of them "Master", one "Slave" and I'd install the CDs on the second channel with the CDRW device set to Master and the CDR set to Slave.

Regarding recognizing the HDDs, put both on the same cable, make certain that one is set (correctly) to Master and the other is Slave; settings may be different for a dual setup than for a single HDD. Make sure the cables are seated firmly - cable plugs pushed all the way into the sockets, power plugs too, red stripe of data cable on pin1 at both ends of the cable. Are both drives spinning? Try to detect the drive(s) in CMOS Setup - if you can't see them in Setup you won't see them in windows. If you can see only one HDD in Setup switch the drives on the cable - if you see a different drive you may have a bad cable or a poor connection. Examine sockets for bent pins; straighten CAREFULLY if necessary.

If you can detect either HDD (with the other disconnected) and winMe recognizes it too you probably have a jumper problem or the drives may not be compatible (fairly rare).

If both drives are detected in Setup but wimMe only sees one of them there could be a partition and or format problem. Get to a DOS prompt and run fdisk - if it sees both drives check for partitions on the invisible HDD, if no partition - make at least one. You may need to partition and format the drive.

If you are having trouble recognizing the FDD make sure it is setup correctly in Setup, make sure that the red cable stripe is really on pin1 at both ends of the cable. If your FDD cable has a half twist the light will probably shine continuously as if it were being accessed. You may have a bad FDD - try it in another PC or try a FDD that is KNOWN to work.

If you recently flashed your BIOS you may have used the wrong "update". Post again with ALL details if you flashed the BIOS (mainboard maker, model and revision, BIOS release date you used, BIOS identity string, CPU, memory, ...).

Hope this helps,
Henry


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