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Joshua Shan
Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2002 - 12:42 am:   

I was wondering if anyone could give me some help with a computer I am building. It is a pentium II 233mhz(MMX) slot 1. I have got as far as puting it togeher and booting it up, it is set on auto detect drives but it wont turn on if i have my CD-ROM connected to the secondary Contorller. But it does when it is in slave mode with the Western Digital(40 GB) HDD I have. But the main probabem is it wont even detect the Hard Drive it is brand new and have used it on a computer to test it and it works.(Award Bios) If anyone one can help can u either post a message here or email me at
Matt Weston (Matt12330)
Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2002 - 6:02 am:   

Does your system detect all drives at POST ?

Re-check the jumper settings on both devices.
Most WD hard drives have a seperate setting for "single" vs. "Master". When set as a single drive, the jumpers are either entirely missing, or are placed to short pins 4 and 6 (in a 10 pin setup). The CD-ROM should be pretty straightforward.

If you are going to use both devices on IDE1, the HD cannot be set as a single drive. If you want them on seperate channels, make them both masters.

You didn't tell me what mobo these drives are attached to, but there may be BIOS setting that allows you to disable the seperate IDE channels. Make sure that the IDE2 is enabled. The auto-detect feature should take it from there, but check out WD's web site to get the details of your HD (cylinders, heads, LZ....etc) you might want (have) to enter it manually if the auto detect is not doing it right.

Let me know - good luck.
Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2002 - 8:21 am:   

Also since that is an older slot1 system and if your harddrive is larger than 8 gig and ATA66 or 100 you may need a ATA PCI controller card for it to function, or a BIOS update...
Posted on Monday, January 28, 2002 - 2:41 pm:   

WD usually includes software - called "Data Lifeguard Tools" with their harddrives. The disk includes various tools including one to manage ATA 33/66/100 speeds (if your PC can handle them)

Boot from the disk and make sure that your hard drive is set for ATA33.

A PII 233 - Slot 1 is likely an Intel 440LX chipset. 66mhz FSB- It will handle up to a 333 mhz PII processor. If I might recommend - upgrade.
Slot 1 parts are becoming scarce..........

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