No Dell BIOS Settings for slave HDD & CDROM

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August 27, 2010 at 11:33:56
Specs: Windows XP, 1
I have a Dell Dimension 2400 with an Intel Motherboard. This PC had to be a work station, or for a specialized application, because it will not accept a secondary (slave) drive nor a CD-ROM drive. The IDE connections are there, but the BIOS are configured that both are permanently disabled. The way it looks, there probably is no way around the problem, but it wouldn't hurt to ask.
Thanks for any reply.

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August 27, 2010 at 11:50:09
make sure both channels are enabled, then set the jumpers correct.

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August 27, 2010 at 12:32:50
Dell's of that vintage generally for jumpering of IDE Drives use Cable Select, Master goes on End and Slave in Middle.

As above enable the controller in BIOS Settings, it will dectect the drives after "save and exit" from BIOS.

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August 27, 2010 at 15:25:16
That's were the problem is, the secondary channel is not even listed and can not be enabled. Sorry, I should have mentioned this in my post.

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August 27, 2010 at 19:47:58
Check the support page for your model for a bios upgrade. If it actually is the bios and not a jumper or cabling problem then an upgrade should fix it.

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August 27, 2010 at 20:46:05
Dell™ Dimension™ 2400 Series

This model is not a workstation.

It's possibly but extremely unlikely a shorted drive or shorted data cable wiring could cause your problem - you could try disconnecting all of those, then boot and look in the bios Settup.

(The following also applies to floppy data cables)

It is common to un-intentionally damage IDE data cables, especially while removing them - the 80 wire ones are more likely to be damaged. What usually happens is the cable is ripped at either edge and the wires there are either damaged or severed, often right at a connector or under it's cable clamp there, where it's hard to see - if a wire is severed but it's ends are touching, the connection is intermittent, rather than being reliable.
Another common thing is for the data cable to be separated from the connector contacts a bit after you have removed a cable - there should be no gap between the data cable and the connector - if there is press the cable against the connector to eliminate the gap.
80 wire data cables are also easily damaged at either edge if the cable is sharply creased at a fold in the cable.

Try another data cable if in doubt.

If removing the cmos battery and then installing it again with the power cord disconnected does not restore the bios to default settings that enable both IDE controllers, then probably the bios is damaged, or the mboard is damaged, or both.

In that case, you could try flashing the bios, but make sure you use an appropriate bios update, follow the flashing instructions, use the bootable Dos floppy method to flash if available, and load bios defaults in the bios after the flash has finished, after you reboot the computer.

If you have only two drives, the 845GV main chipset on this model's mboard is new enough that it doesn't matter whether a hard drive and an optical drive are connected to the same IDE data cable - both will run at their full speeds.

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