|Thanks, I will check out riider's links. Meanwhile the full story which I could not get onto the original query:|
Some few months back my PC broke down. I took it to my normal computer shop in Tours, France. They tested the graphics card etc., and eventually determined the source of the problem as the Mothercard. That is all I know, or could understand. They were unable to replace the mothercard, and gave me a completely new set up with Phenom processor, built-in audio. This took the old nvidia graphics card but was SATA not IDE.
Everything else on the old machine is OK, but I have lost use of the brand new HD which holds all my data. Yes, I know there are ways of recovering this. But I thought it might be possible to rebuild the old, using the existing box, Geforce 7300, the Creative Sound Blaster card if necessary and the IDE HD. A second PC at this level would be extremely useful.
I am in Vancouver at present, the PC is at home in France, so I am unable to get more info, but I still have on file (in France) the dxdiag for the old set up if that would help. You may have it on file here with one of my earlier queries. I get home 30th Dec.
Any suitable Mothercard/cpu set up with IDE and that will take the graphics and audio card would do perhaps. I have over 2000 ram on two new barrettes.
P.S. riider's first link looks good - but how many IDE connections would be needed? Is one sufficient?