Lol allen ur funny.
Yeah I was reading through your last post, and I don't have any IDE hardware, if by IDE you mean those ribbon cables. Aren't those outdated now? These parts are a year old, pretty recent if you ask me. The HDD and CD rom drive are connected by SATA cable.
Thing is, when I first got my computer a year ago, I'm not sure what the problem was but for some reason I was forced to open the computer and mess around with the sata cables connecting the drives. Since I was unfamiliar with the sata cable and used to IDE cables with my previous rig, I yanked the cable out without pressing the latch destroying the cable. This was the cable for the HDD to mother board, so, to use my computer I disconnected the one used by the DVD drive and the computer worked since the HDD was able to communicate with the rest of the computer.
Because my computer crashed while playing GTAIV a few days ago and started running ridiculously slowly, for example taking ten minutes just to pass the windows loading screen, I thought a windows reinstall would bring the hardware back to its full potential. To do so, I had to get a new sata cable to make the drive work so I could reinstall windows as there would be no other way to carry out the task.
So, according to your conclusions, it might be possible that the cables are connected improperly, and may even be in the wrong sata slots on the motherboard. What do you think? Yeah fallout 3 is in the cd drive.
Btw, thanks again for sifting through all that info and drawing conclusions from it, appreciate it as theres really no compensation inovlved other than the challenge of figuring the problem out.
But yeah, as far as I know, my computer doesn't use any IDE connections at all. It's all sata cables
Weird thing is, why is it reading as IDE when the drives use SATA cables?
Another thing I Should probably mention is that, when I was reinstalling windows, booting from CD, at first it couldn't detect the 1TB HDD, which made me nervous. I restarted several times hoping it would show up, went into BIOS only to see that the drive was not listed as it was before. I opened my computer again and, not sure why but moved the jumper thing on those three pins, I'm guessing it's the bIOS or? I'm not sure but I did that and when I restarted the drive was detected again. I really hope I haven't caused any permanent damage to my hardware lol.
Edited by vorsybl, 29 May 2012 - 03:11 AM.