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Secondary IDE not working?

In a recently acquired, older PC anything I connect into the secondary IDE channel does not show. I have tried switching cables and devices and nothing has worked (the cables and devices work elsewhere). Is this an indicator there is something wrong with this motherboard? Any other diagnostic tools for this? Also, I can only get the primary ide channel to recognize my dvd drive when I have it connected as the master and the hdd as the secondary. It will not recognize the dvd drive if it is set as the slave. Is this the best way to leave this since I need the dvd drive and can't get anything to work on the secondary?

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I've found a lot of dead IDE ports over the years.

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You didn't supply any make, model or details but if the IDE is disabled in the bios or has SATA ports, too often the second IDE is disabled. There are also some boards which only had ONE TRUE IDE port and the second was on some fastrack raid controller which is almost useless for most of us.

Details matter. Give some.

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a little info

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Its a ASUS P4S 533x mother board. I've got XP pro currently installed, it didn't show on XP home or Linux that was originally installed. It listed a primary and secondary ide in the BIOS menu, with it set to auto. Its a toshiba dvd drive and a seagate barracuda 7200 hdd that are currently connected to the primary and i have tried each on the secondary to no success.

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Tell a little more.

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more info

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I'll have to check the cables when I get home, but I tried the jumper settings on the hdd for primary, which didn't work at all and now the are set on cable select. I tried connected the hdd and dvd to both spots on the cable and can only get it to work with the dvd on the primary connector of the cable.

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Seems quite dead.

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That's good enough for me. IDE ports can fail and you've found out most likely why it's old owner gave it the heave ho.

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The drives were set up in the preferred manner and worked once and then one more time after that for one disc, since then there has been nothing. I'll just leave it at that. Do you have any idea why I can't put the hdd is the master?

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I dropped a hint.

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About IDE cable types and jumper rules. This is rather old lore but in a nutshell.

1. 40 conductor cables? Use the master first than the slave.

2. 80 conductor cables? Set both to Cable Select.

There are variations and times this does not work but almost always when that happens it's a bum cable, drive or port.

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