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« on: January 29, 2003, 10:17:32 PM »

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Operating System Version: windows xp
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Here's a tricky one!
I got this message when i started my computer: "Second IDE channel no 80 conductor cable installed". This probably had something to do with the fact that my computer couldn't read from my second harddrive. I opened my computer and dis-connected the harddrive that didn't work. When I started my computer the message had changed to: "PRIMARY IDE channel no 80 conductor cable installed". Now my primary harddrive didn't work (the one with windows on it) so I couldn't start the computer. After a lot of swearing and yelling I re-connected the second harddrive again. The message was still the same (Primary IDE channel no 80 conductor cable installed) but now my primary harddrive worked! So now I can get into my computer but my other harddrive still doesn't work!

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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2003, 10:20:23 AM »

Buy new cables

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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2003, 06:03:35 PM »

I've tried four different cables so that can't be the problem.
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2003, 04:33:55 PM »

Hi,

Did you verify to make sure your hard drive's master/slave jumpers are properly configured? Set the hard drive to master and if you have a second device like a cdrom drive set it to slave. If the hard drive is alone on the cable check to see if the drive has a setting for stand alone (in some cases stand alone is the same setting as master but check)

Also make sure the cable is not a cable select type, would either be written on connector or there would be a small hole punched out on the ribbon cable.

Does the second drive spin up?
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