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    Question CD Drives Not Showing Up

    Hi... Again. This problem is really confusing me. I just changed around some of my IDE cables because I finally figured out (stupid me) that I had a 80cable and it wasnt connected to my hard drive. Once I connected it, my computer started up without saying "no 08 ide cable installed". The cable was previously connected to my two cd rom drives. Now I have a cable in there connected to both cd roms and my motherboard, and it doesnt show my hard drives. I've tryed 3 different cables so far and still same problem. There is one wierd thing maybe you guys can give some insight. It shows one hard drive but totally wierd language. I would show a picture though it's not letting me. Heres what the Single hard drive says though, "JGuy[]w_sast (E" I also took out both jumperse to both Drives because a friend of mine told me once that happens they automatically set them selves? Or somewhere along those lines.

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    Strange problem mate. Have you checked to see what the bios says? Does it see the hard drives? Have you tried a different IDE cable? Put jumpers on Cable select.

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    It depends on the hard drive, but usually no jumpers set the hard drive to master mode.. Are you sure the IDE cable is an 80 pin conductor?.. I havn't heard of the BIOS misreporting that before.
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    I think on a lot of drives, having no jumpers at all sets it to single drive (e.g. master with no slave). I would strip out your hard drives and the cables (remove the cables from the cdrom / dvdroms as well) and then inspect the hard drive connectors for bent pins etc.

    If you then connect one hard disk (jumpered for master) to the IDE 0 (Primary) channel of your motherboard using an 80 way IDE cable and see what the bios detects. Make sure you connect the drive to the cable firmly and remember the rule regarding the keying stripe on the IDE cable (the stripe should always be next to the red lead of the power cable going to the drive).
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    Oh wow i'm SOOO SO SOOO Sorry I totally mislead you guys by the False thread header. I meant to say "CD Drives Not Showing Up" WOW I feel really really stupid. I'm completely sorry for the mishaps mates

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    LOL

    OK do what I said above, just substitute the words "hard drive" for cd - dvdrom
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