Well, it looks like it's an MSI-7366, and research has shown that all three versions of that board seem to offer IDE. So... I also note that the PC's existing DVDRW drive is a SATA drive. Is there a problem having two optical devices, one of which is SATA and the other IDE? Anything to look out for? If that's OK, I assume that I'm going to need the IDE cable to connect the motherboard to the drive. Also, am I right in thinking that an IDE drive needs to get power from somewhere, so I'm going to have to hope that there's an appropriate spare power cable hanging out of the power supply all ready to hook up? (I'm right in thinking, aren't I, that a the power socket on the DVDRW drive will only accept a plug of the right voltage?) Just fyi, I posted a thread a few months ago describing a problem where my 'main' PC has two optical drives that suffer from the notorious 'stuck in PIO mode' problem. I tried everything everyone suggested, and some more besides that I researched, but nothing will budge them into DMA mode. In desperation, I'm planning to replace the two existing IDE drives with the two new IDE drives I've just bought, in the hope that, somehow, the problem is in the drives. If that works, great. If not, I'll put one of the IDE drives in my backup Medion PC as a second drive, and either keep the second one as a spare, or stick it on eBay and lose a bit of money on it.
I did not get a bi directional one but should have done cos they were same price or just £1 different and I wanted one a few weeks later.
While it worked perfectly immediately, I noticed as I was fiddling around inside my old PC that I had SATa ports anyway. Oh well. It comes in useful every now and again when I am messing around with bits and pieces.
Thanks Robin for the lead - that looks promising. Thanks Dick. I pretty much use the drives mostly for copying. Right now, with the drives stuck in PIO mode, what used to take a few minutes took (last night for example) 1 hour and 50 minutes - and the PC was unusable throughout that time, such was the load on the CPU. Gah...
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