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Secondary Hard Drive Controller Problem

By MsJazz ·
The secondary IDE controller on my motherboard seems not to be working. I had to disconnect my Zip drive and reconnected the CD-ROM and the hard drive to work from the same cable. Would adding a controller card (PCI) solve the problem? I have seen them on many vendor web pages.As for the hardware installed on my machine, I am running Windows 98 SE on a Dell Optiplex GX1, with a Pentium IIMMX Processor at 333 MHz and 288Mbs of RAM. I have a 2.0 Gig hard drive and a Diamond SupraMax 56K (voiceand fax) modem using the V.92 protocol. Also, I would like to change out my Zip drive for a CD-RW.

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by HereInOz In reply to Secondary Hard Drive Cont ...

If it really is the Secondary IDE controller, then in my experience a PCI controller card ought to do the job nicely.

I am assuming you have gone down the path of checking cables etc. So if all looks OK in that area, the IDE controller is probably suspect and the PCI card should get you out of trouble.

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by MsJazz In reply to Secondary Hard Drive Cont ...

Neither acceptable nor unacceptable. I repaired the problem by going into the BIOS screen, discovering that the controller was disabled (turned OFF) and turning it back ON. I booted up my computer, went into the Device Manager and saw the controller on the Hardware Profile list. Thanks to all who tried to help.

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by djent In reply to Secondary Hard Drive Cont ...

The real answer is buy better hardware.

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by MsJazz In reply to Secondary Hard Drive Cont ...
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by fred07 In reply to Secondary Hard Drive Cont ...

Check your "device manager" to insure your dual fifo is there and no ? marks in yellow are present. You may have lost a driver. you should list a "primary dual fifo" and a secondary "dual fifo" under "hard disk controllers" if secondary controller is not there, you guessed it, secondary will not work.
Hope this helps.

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by MsJazz In reply to Secondary Hard Drive Cont ...

...in a way. I repaired the problem myself in the BIOS.

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by TheChas In reply to Secondary Hard Drive Cont ...

A PCI controller may be the way to go. It will take care of your bad IDE controller problem.
Check the manufactures data for the controller carefully, as some are NOT compatible with CD drives, or any removable storage devices.

I say may, because it may be better for you to make a major upgrade for what you want to do.

First, your CPU speed is too slow for many of the CD burner software packages and the newest drives.

Second, at 2GB, you simply cannot have enough free hard drive spaceto support a CD burner. Most need 750MB or more free hard drive space to perform a burn.

I have seen used 500MHz and faster PCs with 8GB to 13GB hard drives for under $150.

Chas

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by MsJazz In reply to Secondary Hard Drive Cont ...

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by MsJazz In reply to Secondary Hard Drive Cont ...

I was the one who sent out this question. I resolved it by going to the F2 Setup Utility, discovered I could remedy the problem by changing the settings on the second hard disk (IDE, Dual FIFO) controller for drives 0 and 1 from "Off" to "Auto." I then set up my hard drive on the first controller cable and the CD-ROM and CD-RW on the second controller as master and slave, booted up the computer and the "Plug and Play Bios" automatically detected everything.

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by MsJazz In reply to Secondary Hard Drive Cont ...

I answered my own question.

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