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IDE cable problem with HDD and CD RW

by PTK_Explosion / August 9, 2013 12:14 AM PDT

I have Fujitsu Siemens W26361-W30-Z2-01-36 motherboard, and only one working IDE cable slot. HDD is detected only when i use cable selection, but when i select master or slave for HDD, it isn't detected When i select master or slave it isn't detected, but when i do the same with CD RW it's detected, or when i use cable select on two CD RW. I have tried 3 HDD, and all are the same, but when i connect them to another PC they work fine, even with the same jumper positioning that don't work on this motherboard. I was thinking i could install some Linux distribution from USB, but BIOS doesn't support USB boot, and floppy IDE slot also isn't working. Please help.

Sorry for my english, it's not my native language.

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In this case.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 9, 2013 12:21 AM PDT

Be sure it's a new 80 conductor IDE cable then go with what works. Be sure the master if you use that is at the end and the slave is in the middle. I have run across CDRW drives that create this issue so be sure to try another.

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Some old arcane knowledge.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 9, 2013 2:40 AM PDT
In reply to: In this case.

Way back when I ran into this issue and it was not the cable but the CDRW was very old and didn't work with high speed IDE modes. In the BIOS we had to set the IDE port to MODE 1. There's a lot on the internet about IDE MODES so I'll stop here.

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Agree with Bob....make sure you're using a cable that
by VAPCMD / August 9, 2013 2:29 AM PDT

supports "CABLE SELECT". Are you using the came cable in both PCs ? If you're unsure about cable types, just do a search on IDEcables and it's easy to spot the difference.

Also, when using "CABLE SELECT", make sure all drives on the IDE cable are set to "CABLE SELECT" and the drive you want to use as "MASTER" is placed at the the END OF THE CABLE.

Let us know.


PS..Your English is fine.

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(NT) PS....meant to say are you using 'same' cable....
by VAPCMD / August 9, 2013 3:13 AM PDT
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I tried all that, and still no luck
by PTK_Explosion / August 9, 2013 3:34 AM PDT

I tried using 80 conductor IDE cable, but then nothing is detected despite jumper location, and drive location on the cable, but maybe the cable is broken. I will buy another one next week and try that. Only IDE cables that are left are two 40 conductor. When I connect HDD and CD RW set to cable select only the CD RW is detected on IDE Drive 1, and nothing else is detected despite drive location on the cable. If i use Master or Slave on 40 conductor cable nothing is detected, only way to detect my HDD is if I set it do cable select and connect only the HDD.

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You can use the 40 but
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 9, 2013 3:37 AM PDT

You have to use the old rules about master and slave. You must not set it to cable select if you use a 40.

Now there are folk that have but it's not according to the rules so you can't be sure about that.

If the old 40 IDE fails maybe the IDE port or a drive is bad?

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Finally progress
by PTK_Explosion / August 9, 2013 5:19 AM PDT
In reply to: You can use the 40 but

I managed to solve my problem. I took a new Asus DVD RW from my PC and found an old 10 GB HDD. I connected them to the old 40 conductor IDE cable (DVD RW is on the middle connector), and both drives are cable select. When i turned on the PC and went to BIOS, both drives are there. Currently I'm installing WIN XP SP3 on the mentioned PC, so problem solved (kinda).

Thank you all for your help Happy

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Good to hear and Thanks for the feedback !
by VAPCMD / August 9, 2013 9:08 AM PDT
In reply to: Finally progress
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