The common gaffe is that some are unaware how to set jumpers.
In a nutshell.
-> 80 conductor IDE cables = all devices set to Cable Select.
-> Older 40 conductor IDE cable = One device = Master. Second device = Slave.
Is all lost? I was installing a new CD-RW and upon rebooting, the system stopped. I tried using a Win 98 start up disk and it just told me that it has loaded the diagnostic utilities to another drive and then gave me the A: prompt. Confused I removed the startup disk and tried rebooting....thats when I received the horrible message, Win 98 was unable to find a valid fat partition on my hard drive. Possible problems include a virus. YIKES! I don't like the sound of that. Any advice that could help me get up and running again would be appreciated. Thanks!