I have one IDE cable going from my DVDburner to my hard drive, then to the motherboard. Am i supposed to put a jumper on one of the drives?
the reason i ask this is because i keep getting the error message "failure to boot disk, insert system CD and press any key"
i reformatted the hard-drive and installed a fresh copy of XP and i still get the message. If i restart the computer or just go into my BIOS then exit, i will not get the error. Only ifi completely turn off the computer and turn it back on. For me to bypass this error, i would go into the BIOS, then just leavewithout making any changes,,, and it works fine
on your drives you have 3 positions:
MA = master
SL = Slave
CS = Cable select
your DVD burner should be slave
your hard drive should be master
also make sure the HD has a active boot partition and the first boot device.
so jumper on both drives, but different location
be careful if you google master slave :wink:
you could get some weird answers
edit: some hard drives use slave when they haven't got a jumper, so maybe you should post the brand and type of hard drive and DVD-R you are installing. so we can help you some more
On your point, if both pieces of hardware are jumpered for cable-select, why would it matter what position they're in?
I'm just going by my past teachings, as I was learning, that the Master should be at the end to avoid glitches. Most especially if one is mixing hard drives with CD's (or DVD's as in this case).
I've never used cable select. I always use master/slave because jumper allow for easier drive management. So I know that position on the cable for master slave operation don't matter.
As for cable select, well, if both device are configured as sush, well, there is still a need for master/slave to know which device is what.. so the position on the cable determine the master device as well as the slave one.