On my mobo I have two pairs of connectors for HD, CDRWs etc. One pair is labelled as "Primary/secondary ATA 100" and the other "pri/sec IDE". If I put the CDRW on the ATA 100 connectors I get "sec master fails" on boot up. But all's OK if I do the std thing and connect the CDRW via the std IDE connector. This solves my problem in my last post but I'd be very grateful for clarification
It sounds to me like the connectors have the following functions:
Primary ATA 100 - Master 1 Primary IDE - Slave 1 Secondary ATA 100 - Master 2 Secondary IDE - Slave 2
Therefore if you attempt to attach a cd drive to one of the masters it won't work. (Remember that cd drives use ATAPI which allows them to use the IDE bus, but they are not technically IDE devices!)
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If you have a motherboard manual for your computer it should describe what all the connectors are and what they do (as well as telling you the actual model). The A7V could be any of a number of boards.
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Thanks, again. The manual states there are 2 IDE connectors (ultra DMA/66 support) and 2 IDE connectors ( Ultra DMA/100 support). Not sure what that means, tho. Partic as 2 are labelled as "pri/sec ATA 100" on mobo
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