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bios won't recognize more than 1 ide devices


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#1 helpmepl

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 12:48 PM

Hi, I am having a weird problem with a couple of old systems. I (stupidly) tried to boot from a hard drive that was running in another computer on a separate computer. After that failed attempt and putting everything back together where they belonged the bios on each computer is only recognizing 1 ide device each. If only one ide device is connected at a time, the bios would recognize it with no problem and boot normally. But if I added just 1 more device, none of the devices would even power up regardless if it was a DVD drive, a hard drive, or a CD drive. It would boot into bios fine, but none of the ide devices would be recognized. All jumper combinations have been tried. Any one ever heard of anything like this before? Any ideas?

system specs:
Win XP
Intel pentium 4 2.4 ghz
ASUS p4sdx
1.5 gb ddr ram.

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Posted 30 May 2011 - 07:19 PM

Was there more than one IDE device on the channel before? It could be the motherboard only supports one device.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 09:33 AM

Was there more than one IDE device on the channel before? It could be the motherboard only supports one device.


Yes, there was a dvd drive, a cd drive, and a hard drive.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 04:29 PM

You have a primary IDE and a Secondary IDE does it matter where the drives are it still will only recognize one drive at a time?

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 10:49 AM

You have a primary IDE and a Secondary IDE does it matter where the drives are it still will only recognize one drive at a time?



Yes, only one would be recognized in any configuration. Either primary master only, primary slave only, secondary master only, and secondary slave only. I tried primary master + secondary master, primary master + primary slave, etc. and none would work.

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 12:37 PM

SOLVED.

I found a different driver for my ide controller, installed that, and all is back to normal. Thanks.

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 02:41 PM

Thanks for posting your solution... Wait you found a different windows driver or a Bios update?

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