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Secondary Master Drive Fails

by oiptoner / July 15, 2005 10:45 PM PDT

I have installed a new ASUS V7S-VM motherboard and during the boot process I get an error message saying "Secondary Master Drive Fails". I can F1 around it, but cannot read any drives on the secondary IDE cable. Right now I have the HDD as the Primary Master and a CD-ROM as the Primary Slave. This lets me operate, but shorts me two IDE drives. I have even removed the Seconday cable and still get the same message. Is this a BIOS problem or is it mechanical? Any suggestions on what to try next? OS is WIN 98.

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You have a problem
by daddyo58 / July 15, 2005 11:27 PM PDT

What are the jumpers set to on the secondary drive and are you trying to dual boot your system or is the secondary drive just for storage.

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Secondary Master IDE problem
by oiptoner / July 16, 2005 5:17 AM PDT
In reply to: You have a problem

I tested this a number of ways, all with the HDD set up as the Primary Master. With a CD-ROM as the Secondary Master and no Slave; with a CD-ROM as the Secondary Slave with no Master; with nothing connected to the Secondary; with the CD-ROM connected as the Primary Slave and the Secondary cable removed. All configurations gave the same error message upon boot, but the Secondary Slave position was recognised in all cases. Just the Secondary Master was not recognised.

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Have you tried using Cable Select
by Ray Harinec / July 16, 2005 10:49 PM PDT

jumpering and switched cables between Primary and secondary?? Are they both 80 conductor cables, to be certain that they are set up for cable select. There were many 40 conductor cables that supported CS, but no easy way to tell. And, of course the Master must go on the end connector and slave to the middle.

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80 Connector Cables
by oiptoner / July 17, 2005 10:32 PM PDT

I have used an 80 connector cable for the primary, but reused an old cable for the secondary. You may have nailed my problem. Can't work on it until tomorrow, but will let you know what happens. Thanks.

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80 CONDUCTORS, still 40 pins.
by Ray Harinec / July 18, 2005 3:59 AM PDT
In reply to: 80 Connector Cables

Simply added 40 ground wires located such as to reduce crosstalk. Bad cable could be the problem, but the 80 conductor fact itself is not likely. But it will be a new cable and a better one, so lets hope.

And if you use cable select you must plug the drive in to the correct connector.

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hi, have u got the problem solved? i got same thing
by heldentenor / August 11, 2005 3:50 PM PDT

after i installed winxp, BIOS keeps saying "secondary master drive fails" . same with urs.

i connected it to another computer,it works well. i am using asus mother board.

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