|Thanks to all for the follow up. This advice is really great. Some of the best and most direct I've received. To answer all:|
1)If the cable is not the issue (but I still wonder why I keep getting "faulty cable" error messages) then I am more than willing to chain them a la Oil_Tan and see what happens. They did work before this way under XP SP1 so I'll just throw that out. It may be under XP SP2, it would be better to chain via the hard drive-CD-ROM; DVD Writer-2nd HD. So we'll try that.
2) I did update the Asus BIOS to its most recent version; no change there although the BIOS was created to address a problem of as Asus put it, "Fix HDD in master may not be detected while CD-ROM connects to slave." There are updates to the RAID controller but either for 64bit XP or Server 2003. Since I wouldn't be using it for RAID, I wonder if I need to do that; I'd think not.
I'll go ahead and make the changes. By the way, in Device Manager, I have listings for two Primary IDE Controllers and two Secondary IDE controllers. Both say essentially the same thing--DMA enabled--Auto Detect. I haven't touched that at all.
I'll let you know what happens when things are rechained. Again, thanks for the advice.
Takoma Park, MD