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By nosliw247 ·
I recently purchase a Lite-On DVD-ROM, however it did not come witha a factory packaged interface. I tried to get one (supposedly IDE 66 - grey type)from my supplier but they are out of stock ; so they suggested that I use the IDE 100 (yellow type - HDD interface).
In any case - upon connecting it to my dvd drive - after the first powerup everything's fine- then after a few minutes my system gets unstable - mouse doesn't work, system freezes and then i start to here a loud spinup type of sound coming from the drive. I'm almost certain that the IDE cable is causing the problem... what do you think guys? and can you recommend the most suitable IDE cable for use? Thank you..

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by vic66 In reply to IDE interface compatibili ...

IDE 100 can be use and backward compatible with IDE 66 adn IDE 33. I doubt it the cable that's causing the problem....and the loud noise...some DVD players are plain noisy when load. Your problem is something else. IDE 100 is a better choice if you are going to connect your DVD with your HD.

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by nosliw247 In reply to IDE interface compatibili ...

Thanks Vic66, your information was enligthening, however, with a lot of trials and errors with various IDE's and the configuration of the DVD drive; nothing worked, I decided to change the drive.
Seems there was some sort of mechanical defect with the drive.

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by TheChas In reply to IDE interface compatibili ...

I agree with Vic66, the IDE cable is NOT the problem.

The first thing I would do, is update the IDE driver for your motherboard.

The IDE driver for the motherboard handles all the driver details for ALL IDE drives.

If you are running Windows 98, and have more than 511MB of RAM installed, the addition of the DVD drive may be triggering the Windows 9X large RAM bug.

Basically, Windows can loose track of the first 512MB of RAM in a system.
The 'bug' is VERY configuration dependant.
An additional driver or virtual device can be all it takes to trigger the bug.

Chas

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by nosliw247 In reply to IDE interface compatibili ...

Thanks Chas, your information was enligthening, however, with a lot of trials and errors with various IDE's and the configuration of the DVD drive; nothing worked, I decided to change the drive.
Seems there was some sort of mechanical defect with the drive.

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by Deadly Ernest In reply to IDE interface compatibili ...

Agree with Chas and Vic, the cable should be backwards compatible with no trouble.

Check the jumper settings on the DVD-ROM, get the latest IDE drivers for your motherboard.

AND also check the BIOS settings that the 2nd IDE channel is activated and set up properly, also check that the BIOS is correctly reading all drives on both channels.

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by nosliw247 In reply to IDE interface compatibili ...

Thanks eebywater, your information was enligthening, however, with a lot of trials and errors with various IDE's and the configuration of the DVD drive; nothing worked, I decided to change the drive.
Seems there was some sort of mechanical defect with the drive.

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