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Looking for a mATX MB with 2 IDE headers


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#1 pitlord

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 04:02 PM

Hi I need some help finding a microATX Socket AM2 (for Athlon 64 X2 3800+) motherboard that has 2 IDE headers (I have an IDE HD and a PATA DVD drive)
Any good suggestions welcome, and thank you in advance

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 04:18 PM

Hi :thumbsup:.

I have two microATX motherboards, AM2 (with 64x2 4200 and 64x2 4400 CPUs) and I don't think that you will find or need one with 2 IDE connectors.

Mine put both the optical drive and the PATA/IDE hard drive on the same cable, functions without problems. That's how they still are set up to this day. My boards are Asus M2A-VM and ECS 7050M-M.

If you just want additional IDE connections, just do like I do and put a controller card in one of your PCI slots.

I understand that the 2 devices on one cable thing has been operative for some time now.

When I installed XP, I just used the Cable Select settings, putting the hard drive at the end connector. As long as your BIOS boot options reflect a boot from the optical drive, the install will go smoothly.

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 06:41 PM

hi hamluis, I understand that i can use my DVD drive and my HDD throught 1 IDE connection but the speed of HDD will be drastically affected. Aswell I have another HDD that I might wanna use for storage so 2 IDEs are a must for me.
Although PCI IDE controllers could work, I still would not trust any, b/c they're unreliable.
Anyone else has any suggestions?

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 06:45 PM

Well...you can scroll these boards and hope for the best, http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/ca...320|&Sort=4

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 07:30 PM

Spend $20 and get a SATA DVD player.

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