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Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2002 - 1:19 pm:   

I'm getting this message whenever I try to turn the computer on with my hard drive and my DVD drive plugged in...'Primary IDE Channel no 80 conductor cable installed'. When I unplug the CD drive, the hard drive refuses to be recognised on it's own. If I plug my second drive in with my primary hard drive, my primary hard drive works. If I plug my Secondary Hard drive in with the DVD drive, both work. To simplify, 1st HDD + DVD = doesn't work, 2nd HDD + DVD = both work, 1st HDD + 2nd HDD = both work, 1st HDD + no other drives = doesn't work. I only get that 'Primary IDE Channel...' palava if I plug the 1st HDD with the DVD. Hope it's not too confusing and I'd really appreciate any help anyone can give me cos I have no idea what's going on. Thankyou.
Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2002 - 11:45 pm:   

This could very well be a master/slave issue. Try the following configuration (IDE1: HDD1=master/ DVD=slave; IDE2: HDD2=master).
Also make sure you make the right cable connections. The blue part of the 80 conductor should be fixed to the board. The black connector (of same cable = at the end) goes to the master and the grey connector (dangling in the middle) goes to the slave device.
So, for this setup you'll need two IDE cables and correct positioning of the jumpers on the back of your devices. Hope this'll help... .
Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 - 3:35 pm:   

I will give that a bash, thanks for your help and I may be back soon if it all goes pear shaped.
Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2002 - 9:15 am:   

Okay, once again, all's gone manky. Not only will the DVD not work with my 40Gig, but Windows has now messed up. According to Device Manager, I have no hardware, there's nothing in there. My soundcard's not there, my network card's not there, I can't edit any hardware properties of anything because the 'Properties' tab is greyed out on every piece of hardware. The DVD and Hard Drive work fine in my Dad's computer but my Hard Drive refuses to work with any CD Drive in my own computer. Any more ideas?
Jay Meahl
Posted on Monday, January 13, 2003 - 3:42 pm:   

ok, one last time. Hdd's should be run together, you shouldn't mix Hdd's and cd together. take largest hdd and set jumpers as master, second hdd jumpers as slave, then using a 80 pin conector, plug into your primary ide. 80 pin connectors have writing on them (board, master, slave) and colored connections. make sure you follow the writing on the cord. your master should be plugged into the farthest end of the cord. it is possible your cable is bad, or your using a older 40 wire, you may want to go buy 2 new cables. Your dvd should be set as master, and plugged into your secondary ide. if the hdd still don't work, take them out and set BOTH to cable select, some hdd require this setting to work. I hope this helps, cuz if it doesn't, your out of luck...

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