Installing slave prevents boot

  Shanks 13:11 18 Dec 2003

On a system with Win98, one hd and a cdr both set as master on different ide channels. If I add another drive - either a nother hd or a dvd rom drive the bios will recognise the drive and identify it correctly but hangs after the 'PCI checking, and 'verifying dmi pool data' message appears. If I disconnect the slave it boot straight in without hitch.

I have checked the bios and it is set to auto on all 4.

Any help would be appreciated.


  stlucia 13:19 18 Dec 2003

Are the old drives (the masters) on the connectors at the ends of the ide cables, and the new drive (the slave) on one of the connectors which is part way down the ide cable?

Is the jumper on the new drive set to slave or auto?

  Shanks 14:25 18 Dec 2003

Thanks stlucia but yes I have checked and all drives have their jumpers correctly assigned and they are installed so that the master is at the end and the slave is on the mid connector.

It seems odd to me that it doesn't amtter whether it is a hdd or a cd/dvd drive that I attach as the slave it will still prevent boot process.

TIA for any suggestions

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