alan 2273 16:02 18 Oct 2003

A computer I just built has gone haywire if I hook up the DVD Rom as secondary master and the CDRW as secondary slave I get a bios error telling me to set the secondary slave as master and not recognising the secondary master.
If I run either drive as secondary master they will work but when the two drives are connected they produce the error above.

  TECHNODIMWIT 16:05 18 Oct 2003

have you tried putting one of the drives on primary slave (if using a second hdd, try that as secondary slave.)

  tbh72 16:06 18 Oct 2003

Have you checked the jumper settings at the back of each drive ensuring that they are set correctly, one set to master, one set to slave?

  alan 2273 16:25 18 Oct 2003

Yes I have checked the jumper settings but I will try later on changing the CDRW to Primary slave

  graham√ 16:36 18 Oct 2003

Have you tried accurately describing your topic?

  alan 2273 17:25 19 Oct 2003

Icannot describe it any other way but I think it is to do with a faulty bios.

  hugh-265156 17:31 19 Oct 2003

how many HD`s and optical drives do you have?

if it was me i would keep my HD on the primary ide as master.

cdrw as master on secondary ide

dvd as slave on secondary ide.

  alan 2273 17:40 19 Oct 2003

That is exactly how the drives are set up and I have checked the jumpers are in the correct position

  hugh-265156 17:43 19 Oct 2003

i read the above as "DVD Rom as secondary master and the CDRW as secondary slave"

shouldnt really matter that much though just might be faster if cdrw is master.

have you tried set up defaults in the bios and setting it to auto detect?

  DieSse 17:57 19 Oct 2003

Are you using an 80 wire cable on the secondary IDE channel - if so try changing it to a standard 40 wire cable.

  alan 2273 18:20 19 Oct 2003

Thanks to you all for your suggestions as I said I think the bios is faulty as I cannot access it even though it says press F2 to enter it plus the monitor keeps blacking out as well so I am going to take the mobo back and get it exchanged once again thanks to all for your help
Regards Alan

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