I'm trying to put my old 60gb ATA100 drive in this PII based "media PC" machine I'm building, but it doesn't seem to detect the drive at all. I noticed that the IDE cable in the computer is the older (read: fewer wires in the cable) type, although it plugs in fine (with pins matching up and such). Is this just a matter of using a newer cable, or will this mobo just not run anything faster than ata/66? (or 33??)
Most Slot 1 boards had a BIOS limit of around 37GB. You'll want to find out if your board has a newer BIOS to overcome that limit. Then your drive will work, but it will feel a little sluggish.
Best thing to do is add an ATA100 or ATA133 PCI card to increase performance, but your board WILL support the drive at a slower speed with a simple BIOS update.
Many boards that were not updated by their manufacturer have been updated by enthusiast, you can find these home-brewed BIOS updates at various sites.
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I've debated what to do with this machine. It used to be in my car as a modded mp3-playing machine (it's a micro-atx desktop), but I'm getting tired of the cumbersome method of adding files and it takes up a fair amount of space in my car (read: I've got an itchin' for an ipod...)
I've debated whether to turn it into a media PC (due to its small size) to play divx movies, mp3's, etc in the home, but I'm not sure a P2-400 is up to this or if it's really worth it. My other option would be to give it to my parents (who still use an OOOLLLLDDD 486/pentiumOD machine!) In that case, a p2-400 and 6gb hdd (already working) would be plenty.