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Dvd And Cd Drives Work Separately, But Dvd Doesn't When Cd Installed

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#1 Haroldo


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Posted 26 January 2007 - 07:47 AM

I am in the process of setting up my Dell Dimension 2300 with XP Home so that I can upgrade to Vista.
My CD Rom drive worked flawlessly.
I swapped it out and installed a DVD player and it worked.
I put the CD drive back in to an empty slot below the DVD drive. It connected it to the same data cable.
The CD is set up 'CS' (cable select) and the DVD is set up as slave (both were set this way by default).
When I did this, the DVD isn't recognized in My Computer.
I took both out and switched postions (wondering if the data cable's connector was bad) and the DVD wasn't recognized, but the CD was.
Any ideas?

EDIT I found my answer http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/if/ide/confCS-c.html both need to be CS or master/slave, but it can not be CS with either master or slave.Thanks for reading!

Edited by Haroldo, 26 January 2007 - 08:14 AM.

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Posted 26 January 2007 - 07:53 AM

Thanks for the feedback

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Posted 26 January 2007 - 08:17 AM

I've encountered one or two Dells that would only accept on drive on the IDE channel. Haven't had time to look into it - but it may be a limitation set in the BIOS.
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