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January 18, 2013 2:17:53 PM

I just finished assembling my computer, its specs are:

AMD PHENOM II X4 965 Processor.
Nvidia Geforce GTX 280 Graphics card.
500 GB Sata II Seagate Hard drive.
ASUS M4A79XTD Evo motherboard.
8 GB of ram.

But my problems are this, when I boot my computer and head into the bios, it lists my CD-RW in the Primary IDE slave instead of the Primary IDE master, how do I change that?
Also in the MAIN area of the bios it lists My hard drive, but in the boot area it doesn't, however it does list it in boot device priority.

Thanks in advance.

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 18, 2013 3:26:51 PM

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...it lists my CD-RW in the Primary IDE slave instead of the Primary IDE master, how do I change that?


It may be a jumper setting on the rear of the drive. If I remember correctly, there are three possibilities, Master, Slave, and Cable Select. Assuming this is actually an IDE drive, if the drive is connected to the end of the IDE cable, then you should use the Cable Select jumper setting.

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Also in the MAIN area of the bios it lists My hard drive, but in the boot area it doesn't, however it does list it in boot device priority.


Not sure about this one. Maybe because there is no OS installed?

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January 18, 2013 3:29:06 PM

Thanks for the reply man, I'll try this out and post the results.
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January 18, 2013 5:23:29 PM

So, I tried what you said about the IDE and no luck, I couldn't find the cable select but the probably because I found out a have a Ultra DMA 133/100/66 cable, according to my motherboard manual, so my new question is, can I use this cable or do I need to get a IDE cable?
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 18, 2013 10:48:37 PM

Ok. Had to pull out one of my spare IDE drives. Do you have a jumper setting for "Master" and if you do, what happens.

Actually, I guess the question that needs to be asked is, "does it matter?". As long as the drive works, does it matter if it's Master or Slave?

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January 19, 2013 1:14:56 AM

Okay, So, the first time I misread your post and thought cable select was in the bios not on the physical object, so I switched it from slave to master and now my bios recognizes it in the primary IDE slot, but it now says it's not compatible with my system, and I was trying to get it to master because I thought that may be one of the reasons it won't load up my operating system, but it turns out to be a compatibility issue.
So, I have one final question: What CD Drive should I buy? should I get an SATA because my hard drive is SATA, or does that not matter?
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 19, 2013 10:10:52 AM

Just a quick note, if you're trying to install Windows 7 from a disc, that disc is a DVD-ROM, not a CD-ROM. A CD-RW drive will not read a DVD disc. If you need to purchase a new drive and your motherboard has an available SATA port, then yes, you should go with a SATA optical drive.

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