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#1 chevyusa1

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Posted 03 March 2005 - 11:02 AM

Hello,
When I reboot my computer I see the following message: "Secondary IDE channel no 80 conductor installed". I've had this computer for 2 years and have never seen this message until a few days ago. Is this a hardware failure? And how do I fix it? Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance! :thumbsup:

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Posted 03 March 2005 - 12:54 PM

The error means that you are using a 40-pin IDE cable instead of an 80-pin. Newer drives need the 80-pin to run their fastest. Have you installed a new drive recently?
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Posted 03 March 2005 - 02:17 PM

Hmmm, this is quite odd. I have not installed any new drives at all. The most recent Harware change was about 6 months ago and that was a Graphics card upgrade from 64mb to 128mb. Stumped. Let me know if you need more info and Thanks for the reply!

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Posted 04 March 2005 - 11:37 AM

I am using an 80 pin cable, so does this mean that my cable is/has failed? If so then I can buy a new one and install it? Thanks again!

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Posted 04 March 2005 - 06:49 PM

Yes, you could try a new one. I guess you could also check to see if the cable is loose or broken. I don't know what else could be causing it. Anyhow, if everything works, I'd just ignore the error.
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