"HD's are set into IDE 0 as primary master/slave."
If I see 80 conductor cables, I use CABLE SELECT.
I recently began to put together a PC for a friend of mine. All parts were brand new although they were all purchased from seperate vendors. I used an AsRock MB (maybe my first mistake) only because it was economical and I built a PC on one earler this year without a problem.
Everything seemed to go alright except for some reason it doesn't seem to want to boot when all my IDE components are hooked up (2 Maxtor HD's and Sony DVD-RW drive). The fans spin but it refuses to boot. The only way I could boot it was to hit the power with the DVD Drive not connected and then quickly plug it in before the bootstrap.
If I do this the BIOS will read the drive perfectly. I went ahead and installed the OS (XP) and setup the computer as if nothing was wrong. Any warm boots return without a problem but a cold boot takes me back to square one (fans spin, no POST) and I have to unplug the DVD drive to start it again. I tried a few other drives and cables however I received the same result. Unfortunately, once in a while, if I unhook the DVD drive it still doesn't boot. I'm forced to also unhook the slave HD before I can get a boot. This drive isn't as stubborn however as if I turn the computer off and on a few times I can generally get the computer to POST whereas with the DVD drive i've never been that lucky.
I don't know what's up, it's like the BIOS is unable to "save" the drive specs.
Bad IDE controller? Defective board? Any ideas would be appreciated.
Drives are set up as master/slave.
HD's are set into IDE 0 as primary master/slave.
DVD-RW Drive is set to primary master on IDE 1.
Power supply is a brand new Altec 430.
I'm not sure about the IDE setup although I would assume if one was set to off then the DVD drive would fail to run at all.
Sony 16X DVD+/-RW /DW-D22A
VGA ATIOEM|RADEON 9800SE 128M 8X
512MB (2x256) Dual Channel PC3200 DDR 32x8
Barebones Kit w/ P4 3.2GHz - 1MB Cache (800 FSB)
ASRock P4S61 MB
ATX 300w Mini-Mid Tower (Replaced with 430w Altec)
Basic / Generic Fan/Heatsink (40mm)
(2) Maxtor 80GB HD