Ok so I've finally gone and done it! I've built my own!!
Used new Chaintech mobo, AMD 64bit processor, DDR ram and ATI Radeon graphics card. Will format and install Windows XP home when I've sorted everything out.
Every thing went together well enough, used my existing tower, CDRW, DVD, printer, scanner, modem (used as fax), broadband, hard drives - 2 of them in cradles so that I can let my grandchildren play without fear of them messing up my bookwork etc.
I used the kids hard drive (just in case things went wrong, don't want to use my drive until I know that it's all fine). As Me was installing the drivers up popped a blue screen with the following message
"Multi-function device (Standard Dual PCI IDE controller) has some child devices using 32-bit drivers & others using compatability-mode drivers. This configuration is not supported, so your computer has been halted to prevent corruption. After you restart your computer Windows will use compatability-mode drivers for each child device attached to this multi-function device. If you want to use 32-bit drivers obtain an updated driver, from your supplier, or disable the device.
Problem is I don't know what these 'child devices' are. Could it be the CDRW & DVD as they aren't working? They come up as there in the BIOS but Windows doesn't know they're there. As a result I can't use any of the CD's provided with the new bits, to install drivers, so I'm stuggling on with no sound & 16 colour 640 x480 graphics.
Anybody any idea why there's no CD or DVD drives please?
I've had a 12 hour shift today and it shows at my age!
If jimv7 is right, "Your motherboard drivers have not been loaded so you will not see cd's untill they are.", would I be better off trying the drivers for the the mobo that I downloaded from the Chaintech site last night. Then I could remove the optical drives and add them in one at a time?
Ok so I've unplugged the optical drives, got device manager up and there is a Primary IDE controller (single fifo) and a Secondary IDE controller (single fifo). If I try to remove either of these it brings up a message saying
This device is part of a multi-function device and cannot be removed independantly. To remove this device, select and remove the parent. This will also remove any other devices that are part of this multi-function device. Parent device: Standard Dual PCI IDE controller.
Will it be Ok to remove the parent device. Will it force the computer to use the CDRW & DVD? when I boot up again.