|to clarify --- My original system had 2 IDE connectors on the mobo and 2 hd's and 2 optical drives. I now have a new MOBO with only 1 IDE connector. (I added the external IDE card Promise Ultra). Connected both hd's to the new mobo and 1 optical to the Promise ultra . HD's were fine and booted up XP . Optical (CD) also reads and writes in XP . Problem is -- trying to boot from optical is a no-go. Switched hd's to Promise Ultra and Optical to mobo with the same results ---systems boots fine from hd and sees Cd, but will not boot from CD. When I look at the BIOS(F2)'SETUP' under the boot sequence, the optical doesn't show up in the listing.|
If I put 1 hd a 1 optical on the same cable and connect to either mobo or Promise, boots either way but access is VERY slow.