IDE auto detect

  TRICKY2 05:45 17 Mar 2003

I don't know why, but all of a sudden when I power up, the ide auto detect takes a real long time to complete. Sometimes it's succesful, and sometimes it is'nt and asks for a reboot. When I check the bios , all of my drives are there, but when I check in device manager, the drives are there but two of them do not show the option to enable or disable. And all drive show no conflicts. When my system starts up normally, everything is fine and working well.
But this little problem is beginning to nag me now. Any ideas out there.

  cream. 06:15 17 Mar 2003


What are the two devices that are giving you problems.

Are the IDE ribbon cables pushed firmly in to the devices and motherboard.

How old is the system, could it be an old cmos battery starting to fade.

You can switch your hard drives to manual. Also your cdrom \ dvd \ cdrw to none. This will stop the bios looking for it and load faster. This will also stop telling windows if it is or isn't there.

If the problem devices are cdrom \ dvd \ cdrw then you can delete them, one at a time, from device manager and let windows reinstall them at next boot.

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