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Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2001 - 10:36 am:   

I am trying to add a CD-Rom (Creative Blaster 52X) to my 8.2 G Western Digital HD. I have the HD jumpered to be master and the CD as slave and both are connected properly to the ribbon cable on IDE slot 1. However, when I try this the computer will not boot. I am able to access my BIOS, but the HD is not detected by BIOS (AWARD). If I let the computer load, I eventually get the message Hard Drive Failure (or something similar). Here's the kicker. If I do not set the HD as a master, and leave the Jumper to factory default, and install the HD as the only device on IDE 1 then all works fine. (Except I can't install my CD-ROM).

I have a HP Cd writer that I have tried to set up as a master with my CD-Rom as a slave with, but when I do, the CD-Rom does not get any power. Everything loads fine including the CD-Writer, but the CD-Rom does not get power and likewise will not be detected by windows. The power supply is working correctly and there are no faults with any of the equipment. This is a configuration issue, but I can not seem to figure out what is going on.
Posted on Saturday, June 2, 2001 - 1:12 am:   

Hi Matthew, You are describing a problem I have with 2 CDROMS which I have tried to install on 5 different computers all with the same result. One is a Creative like yours and the other a no name brand. I am fast coming to the conclusion that the CDROMS are faulty and are causing a data fault that is so fundamental that it freezes the bios.
Like you I have tried all sorts of bios settings, plugging into sound blaster cards as master in lieu of slave on primary IDE but no luck. I have left messages on a couple of "expert" pages so if I get a reply I will pass on info to you but my suspicion is that the units may be faulty.
Regards and good luck,
Posted on Tuesday, July 31, 2001 - 9:17 pm:   

Hi , May I ask what kind of power supply your Pc's have? If it is not at least a 350 power supply you will never get it to work with more than one harddrive. that is why your Emachines and such are cheap , you can't really upgrade them they lie.
Posted on Friday, December 21, 2001 - 12:02 pm:   

Have you tried to reverse the order in which they are plugged into the ribbon.

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