system will not finish boot up with cd-dvd combo

i have a compaq presario 5461(no pity please)it has a 500mhz processor, 192sdram, 10gb harddrive, 1 floppy, a cd r/rw and an iomega zip drive(external-parellel). now for the problem i just purchased and installed a toshiba dvd, i made the cd the master and the dvd the slave, used the cd-rom cable supplied by compaq making connections starting from the motherboard as follows dvd slave and finally the cd master on the end of the ribbon cable. when i turn the computer on it starts to boot but stalls out before it reaches the desktop, does any body have an idea what is going on?
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  1. Try if setting the jumpers of drives to 'Cable Select' fixes the problem.
    Compaq sometimes have very weird IDE configurations: I also have an old Compaq and I must set the drive to cablke select otherwise Windows wont boot.

    My case has so many fans that it hovers above the ground :eek: .
  2. hey graylensman2, i have the same pc as you and tried to run a dvd-rom as a slave and it wouldn't boot into windows, and no video. did the advice from svol work?

    thanks - barry
    bwconner@comcast .net
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