New Build BIOS doesnt recognise DVD drive

December 20, 2010 at 14:20:43
Specs: None as of yet, 4gb
I have just built a new pc with asrock n68c motherboard and I have a samsung dvd rw SH0S222A. These are the two devices im experiencing problems between. I have a IDE1 port on my motherboard which I connecting the blue end of a 40 pin 80 cable IDE cable into and the grey end im leaving out and the black end im connecting into the back of the Samsung dvd-rw because it is a IDE device. The problem is when i boot up the pc and go into the BIOS screen, the pc is only detecting the HD and not the dvd drive. Before having the IDE cable in the drive will open and a green light will flash on the front, but with the IDE cable plugged in the drive is unfunctionable. Is it possibly an Incorrect IDE cable. The IDE cable is a 33/66 and my drive says its compatable with 66....

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#1
December 20, 2010 at 15:06:22
Check the jumper setting on your optical drive and set it appropriately. Settings are Master, Slave and Cable Select (CS). This jumper should be set to the way you intend to use this device and your BIOS setting will need to match this setting.

Check your BIOS settings for the following:

OnBoard IDE Controller - should be set to enabled

IDE Device Configuration - The setting will depend on the jumpering of your optical drive as follows:

If the optical drive is jumpered as a master then set the type in the IDE Master section to CD/DVD. This may initially default to auto which is usually the setting for hard drives.


If the optical drive is jumpered as a slave then set the type in the IDE Slave section to CD/DVD. This may initially default to auto which is usually the setting for hard drives.


If the optical drive is jumpered as a Cable Select (CS) then set the type in the IDE Master or IDE Slave section to CD/DVD depending on which of the two IDE connectors you are using. However as you are using a 40 conductor IDE cable, CS options have to be qualified. Read on for the explanation.

Cable Select is not the easiest to work with as it is subject to the vagaries of which type of IDE cable you are using. It is more straight forward for 80 conductor than for a 40 conductor cable. Read more here on that:
http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/if/i...

I suggest that it would be easiest for you if you either set the jumper to Master OR Slave and then set the BIOS setting appropriately.

You may however have to reconsider this configuration at a later date if you decide to attach another IDE device to the unused cable position.

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#2
December 20, 2010 at 15:59:16
If you have only one device on the IDE cable, that device should be jumpered as MASTER & should be connected to the end plug on the cable.

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December 20, 2010 at 16:52:54
thankyou so much for that post, i have made progress. Unfortunately my manual for my motherboard is no longer of any use to me. My computer is now asking about an array disk, do i create one or not? I have tried sticking my OS disk straight in the drive but i cannot get a command prompt to boot from cd to come up. Can you please give me some directions to help get my pc up and running from this point? Thanks.

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#4
December 20, 2010 at 17:04:00
Why is the manual of no use?

Do you have more than one hard drive connected? If not I don't understand why the BIOS would be asking about setting up an array. At any rate, you don't want to use that option.

Do you have the hard drive connected to the lowest number SATA port?


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#5
December 20, 2010 at 18:52:10
You appear not to be reading your manual properly and also seem to have set the BIOS settings to some non default values.

In your BIOS setup you should also have the following:

In your Storage Configuration section:

Onboard SATA Controller - enabled as you are using SATA drives (I am pretty sure)

SATA Operation Mode - Should be set to IDE. I believe you have it set to RAID which is why you have your problem. OR are you REALLY trying to set up RAID?

In your Boot Screen section:

Set your first boot device to your optical drive (Floppy)
Set your second boot device to your optical drive (DVD Drive)
Set your third boot device to your primary (or only) Hard drive
Set your fourth boot device to USB (USB) - This one can be left unset as it is not really necessary.

Try rebooting from your CD/DVD after that. I am sure it should then work.

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