Problem adding second DVD drive in Vista


M

Mason

Hi all-

I am running a Vista 64-bit machine that is set up as follows:

2x Seagate 250GB hard drives connected via SATA and running in IDE mode (non
RAID)
NEC DVD-RW connected via IDE

Everything was working fine, and I purchased a second DVD-RW (Samsung) to
add to my system. I daisy-chained it to the same IDE cable as the first DVD
drive. But after booting, I could not access the new drive. The nearest
support articles I found first instructed me to clear the upper range of
some filter in the registry, which didn't quite sound right since I was
adding a drive after I had everythihg working in Vista.

Deeper checking led me to believe that I need to adjust the jumper settings
on the drives, which were both set to master. I changed them both to CSEL.
Now Vista reports that I have 3 DVD drives. Trying to understand what the
jumpers should be is getting me nowhere since all the documentation I have
found refers to having a DVD daisy-chained off the hard disk ATA cable and
nothing about my configuration with hard disks on SATA and only two DVD
daisy-chained on IDE. Here are my questions:

1) What should my DVD jumpers be set at? master/slave or csel/csel or
master/csel?

2) Is there a performance concern between different jumper settings (as I
saw discussed for master/slave harddisk/dvd)?

3) How do I get Vista to reflect only 2 DVD drives, as that is what is on
the machine (I suspect question 1 solves this)?

Thanks very much for your assistance,
Mason
 
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G

Guest

When you Daisy Chain with IDE one needs to be set to master and the other to
slave. Usualy there's only 2 hookups on an IDE Cable, but if you have more
then you need to set a 3rd to CSEL. I think that's the common Jumper setting
when using a Third Drive. I know using a Third Drive can cause conflicts,
even with Jumpers set right. With all the jumpers set to the same, it's
blowing your BIOS's Mind, that's why it now thinks you have 3 Drives. It's
trying to figure out why there's 2 set up as slave 3rd Drive and is assumong
you have the first (Maser) Hooked up somewhere else.
Does any of your DVD, CD drives have a SATA connector? If your M-Board has
enough SATA Plugs this would be the best way to go. Not to mention you get
much better transfer rates with SATA and allot less Headaches.
 
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Jerry Grabill

The original NEC DVD-Rw should be set as master. Your new
one should be set as slave. I just installed a additional player
and this setup worked fine. Go Luck.

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