Computer will not boot with 80 Drive Cables

  gaynes1cove 19:19 13 Jun 2003

I am using a 1.7 Athlon with an MST KT333 motherboard and 512mb ram, a Hercules Kyro 4500 AGP graphics card, running Windows 2000 with the Support Pack 3. The Hard Drives are a Maxtor 7200 20gb and Quantum Fireball lct 15 20 60gb. When starting up, the startup screen shows that the first drive is mode 4 and the second is mode 6.

If I use an 80 ribbon conductor cable from the motherboard to the drives, I get problems in that the computer will not boot, gives a BSOD and an error code 0000221 which says I should disable all caching and shadowing in the bios. After numerous fiddling around with this and going into safe mode, which takes an awful long time to come up, sometimes cutting off before it comes to completion, then the computer does a scandisk and sometimes it will boot. I have reformatted and reloaded windows more than once, but still get the fault.

I have tried four different 80 conductor cables, including two round ones and still get this fault. If I replace the 80 ribbon cable with a 40 cable the system works normally and I can use it without any bother, except that at startup the screen runs through OK and says that there is no 80 cable fitted.

I am advised that I should use an 80 cable. Does it make any difference that It works with a 40 and not with an 80 cable.

  gaynes1cove 06:34 14 Jun 2003

The drive cables are fitted the correct way round, with the blue contact going to the mother board. The other ends are marked with a label that states master and slave respectively,and connected to the IDE 1. I have cdrom and CDwriter attached to the IDE 2.with a round 80 connecter cable that does not cause any problems.
I will will try the suggestion of "Rtus" to only connect the master drive to see what happens.Many thanks.

  gaynes1cove 15:06 14 Jun 2003

The master drive is set to master and the slave drive to slave on the jumpers. I have tried only connecting the master but still get the same fault when using the 80 cable. The cables are the correct way round with the blue end going to the motherboard.
Still using a 40 strand connector.

  gaynes1cove 17:40 15 Jun 2003

Many thanks to Rtus. I think it is now resolved by changing the jumpers to cable select. I have problems intermitently in that it sometimes does not boot when starting from cold, but it I restart it loads and starts OK.

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