Ray K said:I had a problem that I solved by successfully installing W2K on a NEW (not
reformatted) c: drive jumpered (not Cable Select) as the Primary Master,
with the Slave position empty.
I then connected the old c: drive (now rejumpered as Slave) on the same IDE
cable. Upon rebooting, I can't get past the POST. The BIOS correctly reports
the sizes and positions of both these Primary Channel drives.
I moved the old c: drive to Slave position on the Secondary channel, so the
configuration was just one drive on the Primary channel and a DVD burner and
hard drive on the Secondary channel. It booted normally.
I then reconnected the old Primary Slave (still jumpered as Slave) back
again to its original Primary Slave position. Again, I could not get past
POST. This time, however, the BIOS doesn't recognize the Primary Slave drive
at all. (Says something like 'none installed'.)
1. Why can't I get past POST with either drive in the Primary Slave
position? (One clue may be that the new 500GB Primary Master has one 137GB
partition and a tiny 7.81MB partition, both created by W2K during
installation; the rest of the drive isn't partitioned or formatted yet.)
2. Regarding the Primary Slave position, why does the BIOS recognize what
had been the old Primary Master but not what had been the old Primary Slave?
To answer your comments so far:
Sid: I reseated the connectors and swapped power supply connections. No
Conor and Philo: The Primary IDE cable is color coded; all three connectors
on the Secondary IDE cable are black. The new drive is jumpered as Master
with Slave and connected to a black connector.
Paul: I tried resetting the CMOS and loading the defaults. No joy.
My old c: drive was only 80GB, partitioned with c:=20GB and the other
two set at 30GB. This was the one I tried as the Primary Slave when I first
observed the no-boot problem. It's temporarily my Secondary Slave.
It may well be a mobo problem. It's five years old; only has 24-bit LBA
addressing. A new one shipped today. So I just wait until the new system
is built and see what happens.