Bios Issues

By chateram.bhagroo ·
I am trying to connect a SATA DVD drive to my all IDE Motherboard. I purchased the SATA to IDE converter adapter and the cables to go with it.
When i boot up i get nothing to indicate that there is a DVD drive installed. I tried several combinations such as Master/slave; only install one drive; switch to port i know works. Nothing in the add hardware or device manager.Nothing in the bootup sequence.
I have XP PRO SP2. I have another IDE DVD drive that works fine.
What am i doing wrong?
Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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You need to install the software for the adapter

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Bios Issues

Of course this will only be useful with your OS Running. The Optical SATA Drive will remain invisible till the OS is loaded as BIOS doesn't support this Hardware.


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BIOS issues

by chateram.bhagroo In reply to You need to install the s ...

The adapter did not come with any software.
where would i find this software?

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The Adapter in that case is Plug & Pray

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to BIOS issues

So look at which version of Windows supports this device. If you have the correct Service Pack Level and this is connecting to a IDE Lead then a SATA Drive you need to have the Jumper set to the other setting than the existing Drive on that Lead.

If your M'Board Chip Set Driver is correctly installed when you set the jumper correctly and open Windows the OS should see the Optical Drive. But you also need to look at the IDE Lead as well if it's a 80 Cable Lead you need to have the Master on the End of the Lead and the Slave on the Middle Connection. If you can not set the Jumpers this way set them to CS or Cable Select and allow the IDE lead to set the Master/Slave Settings.


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by tintoman In reply to Bios Issues

If this computer motherboard is all IDE and no SATA connectors then you have used a LP4 to SATA power adapter as well, it might be worth checking that the power connector is properly plugged in at both ends, also if that seems ok try it on a different connector.

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Could it be in the BIOS?

by chateram.bhagroo In reply to Presumably

You presumed correctly. IDE motherboard and I have a SATA to IDE bridge adapter to mate the two different connections.I am getting power to the drive. I have tried different sockets, different master/slave combinations.I got a different bridge. But nothing works.

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