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IDE drives not being detected by BIOS

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Beefpops

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Sep 10, 2003
Location
Santa Rosa, CA
I just started up my system for the very first time, and I'm having a pretty critical error - it won't detect my IDE drives. I have a 60GB WD Hard Drive, a DVD-ROM and a CD-RW drive. They are hooked up with rounded cables to my ABit NF7-S. When I go into BIOS and try to detect them, it comes up with "None". The power light is on on my CD-RW, and I switched the power cables around - all of them work. I tried reconnecting the IDE cables, but I'm not having any luck at all! I dunno what BIOS it is, it's the one that came with the MoBo (of course). Help!

Also, when I hook up my case speaker to the MoBo, the red light flashes rapidly. I flipped it around, but no luck. I tried hooking it up with the computer on (bad mistake) and it just started smoking. No damage, though.
 

Lvcoyote

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Omak, WA
I know this is kind of a dumb question, but you do have your drives set to master or slave correctly right???

Lvcoyote
 

Gnufsh

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Dec 24, 2001
Location
Shasta Lake, California
There are jumpers on the drives you can set. One should be set to master and the other to slave. That way, cable position doesn't matter (since I believe cable position was flipped when they went to ATA66).
 

ThePCGuy

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Apr 21, 2003
Yes, I would also check the master/slave/cable select settings. Try using your HD on its own channel at first. Make sure your drive is set to single (if available), or Cable select. If the bios detects the drive, then double check your jumpers on your cd-roms. Good luck.

- ThePCGuy
 
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Beefpops

Beefpops

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Santa Rosa, CA
It's all better- it was just some bad IDE cables. Got new ones, and I'm typing this on the machine listed below :D