|My son thought it may be a fun, and educational, idea to take some of my old computer parts and to build his first system. Naturally, I supported him and offered my aid wherever he may need it. Rather than having him go through boxes of old (possibly not working) components that I have, I decided to take one my older systems, strip it down, give him a new case and tell him to put it all together.|
However, he ran into a bit of a snag and not even I can figure out what exactly is going on. I figured I would turn to you guys.
The first problem was that no HDD would ever register on the POST screen for Primary Master. Yes, the drive jumpers are set to master, yes I'm using a proper cable, and yes the HDD has power. This had us stumped for awhile, so I decided to check if it worked in the Secondary Master. Lone behold, it registered. In the past we would get this:
Detecting Primary Master: None
Detecting Primary Slave: None
Detecting Secondary Master: None
Detecting Secondary Slave: None
However now the HDD registers in the Secondary Master, and if I hook a DVD drive up to it as a slave I can get Secondary Slave to register as that DVD drive too.
The hard drive is not the problem, as I have tried now 2 other drives (both working on my own machine) and found the same problem.
However, in theory, I should still be able to boot, right? It shouldn't matter (really) whether the HDD is on Secondary or Primary. However, right after it finishes detecting the IDE drives...the POST screen hangs. Just sits there and doesn't do anything.
As you can see, a lot of strange problems...
Here is my setup:
Asus P2b-S motherboard
Western Digital (cant remember model right now) HDD
ATI video card (same card that was working in the machine before hand)
Also, the power supply is working, but I still tried a different one...same problem. Same story with the RAM. I also replaced the CMOS battery, didn't help. Restored BIOS to default...didn't help.
The drive DOES spin up on both primary and secondary, but is only recognized on Secondary. Same with every other drive I've tried.
Cheers for any help!