New Asus M2N-SLI motherboard will not detect IDE devices

By krisspike131 ·
Asus M2N-SLI motherboard
AMD Athalon 64 X2 5000+
4gb OCZ nvidia SLI RAM
Nvidia GeForce 9300
DVD-RW and just DVD drives, and 2 HDDs all IDE
Windows XP service pack 3

Every part in the computer is new (bought individually) except the hard drives and DVD drives. Every time I boot up, it recognizes everything but the IDE's. I checked the jumpers and tried replace the ribbons. The IDE's have been tested after my attempt to put them in the new system, and are working perfectly. Please advise.

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by krisspike131 In reply to New Asus M2N-SLI motherbo ...

Not sure what i did...just fiddled with the ribbons, and i now detect both dvd drives, and only one hard drive. I also get the blue screen of death no matter how i start windows (safe mode etc.)

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by Razor1185 In reply to Update

Check you BIOs settings to see if the drives
can be seen on that.

You're not trying to boot to an old copy of
Windows from a previous computer are you?
i.e taken the hard drive out of one PC and
put it into another. If you have, Windows
won't boot because it's hardware ID will be

You may need to perform a recovery
installation of Windows with the original CD.

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Which type of IDE Lead are you using here?

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Update

It should be one of the 80 Wire types and you need to place the Master on the End of the Data Lead and the Slave Drive on the Middle Connector. If both Drives are set to CS Cable Select they can go anywhere on the Data Lead.

If you have the old type IDE Lead it shouldn't work with this M'Board and the drives will most likely remain invisible.

If you are seeing a BSOD on a reload the most likely reason is because the RAM is unsuitable for this M'Board you may need some from a different Maker, Batch or just Speed. Grab yourself a copy of the Ultimate Boot CD from here and run a Memory Test on the RAM.

As the above poster has already said You Can Not use a Windows Install from a different Computer because the HAL DLL Hardware Abstraction Layer file will be wrong and windows will fail to load generally it will BSOD out and just die.

If you have a M$ Branded OEM Install Disc you can do what M$ call a Repair Install by following the directions here;en-us;824125


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