XM does not boot from IDE HD with SATA HD

Wd Caviar se wd1600aajs 160gb hard drive
September 29, 2009 at 15:59:29
Specs: Windows XP PRO, P4/2GB
Hello to all. This is my first post.
My system:
Biostar P4M800-M7a motherboard
1 Hitachi 160GB HD (IDE)
Sony DVD-R
Recently purchased a new WD1600 (SATA) to use as a back-up, however i'm having some problems.
The existing IDE drive is connected directly to one of the IDE ports, the two optical drives are connected in a Master/Slave configuration to the second IDE port.
The new drive is connected to one of two SATA ports.
Booted up and configured BIOS. All 4 Drives are listed with the Hitachi Drive as the boot drive.
Problem is that this computer will not boot into Windows. It goes as far as to display windows logo with the blue scroll bars but nothing further. (it does not appear to freeze)
I have also installed the most recent VIA VT8237 using drivers via a floppy (F6 option)-- not using RAID.
The computer will boot only with the WD disconnected.
I also noticed that the booth sequence does not stop if i reconnect the WD drive soon after the "num lock" keyboard flash. This is the only time i can see the drive in "my computer".
When the computer is up and running it recognizes when the WD drive is connected or disconnected, however the problem remain upon reboot.
I should also mention that the MB only supports 1.5GB SATA. The WD Drive is 3.0 and because of that i placed a jumper across pins 5-6 but that did not make a difference.

I've read tons of postings but no solution has worked.

Any help is appreciated.

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September 30, 2009 at 22:46:45
Tell us what other possible solutions that you have tried, that did not work so we do not repeat the same things. Try the BIOS settings and look for the SATA/IDE connectons settings. Your board is pretty old, reletively speaking so most people aren't going to remember bios setting for that board unless they have it, but in some NEWER boards, it can be decieving because in order for a SATA drive to boot or be detected, there is a option for something like SATA operation mode in the BIOS and it may only work if you set it to IDE, which runs SATA drives in IDE emulation mode for use with older hardware. Try this link, it explains it better then I can. Other then that, I don't have any additional tips at this time. Good luck.


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