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Posted on Friday, June 16, 2000 - 4:57 pm:   

hi gang,
i swapped out a cdrom drive and my hard drive lite has been on ever since. boot up shows (while in DOS-mode)
the old cdrom driver, and the new cdrom(used one)
works just fine with that driver, but i would like to get the hard drive lite to work like it used to, and also use the latest driver for that cdrom.!!
new drive is a 36x from digital research technologies.
old drive is (supposedly) 40x from samsung.
Danny Albers (Danny)
Posted on Monday, June 19, 2000 - 7:46 am:   

Your hard drive LED connector may be backwards on the mainboard.

Your drive may have alternate settings for master/slave not shown on the drive or the manual. Some Western Digitals and Maxtors or Quantums have alternate jumper settings on their web site.

You may have the CD Drive jumper or Hard drive jumper set incorrectly (although this should case them not to work at all.

Are the CD ROM and hard drive on the same channel (cable)?

If so, you would also be better off placing them on seperate channels, both set to master. This will help boost performance a touch and may also solve the light problem.

Anyway, most likely a cable is hooked up wrong, or, a jumper setting needs to be changed.

Their is also the possiblility that (if the CD and Hard drive are on the same chain) that the light stays on while you have a CD in the CD ROM drive.

Also, try the driver that came with the CD ROM, it is probably up to date and will provide better device support. When you install the new driver, it will setup command line switches appropriate to your drive, so change that.

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