Weirdest IDE problem

neutralizer

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I was swapping cases and my HDD in master combined with my DVD drive in slave wouldn't show up. So I switched both to cable select, and my DVD drive showed up as master and my HDD as slave. However, because of my cable arrangement, I can't change the cable so I switched the HDD back to master and DVD drive back in slave via jumpers and yet again they don't show up. What in the world am I doing wrong?
 

imported_Tick

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So the hdd is in the middle the dvd drive is in the top spot, and the correct cable end it toward the mobo?
 

neutralizer

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Originally posted by: Tick
So the hdd is in the middle the dvd drive is in the top spot, and the correct cable end it toward the mobo?

Um yes. I think. Does it matter which end of the IDE cable is plugged into the mobo?
 

YOyoYOhowsDAjello

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Originally posted by: neutralizer
Originally posted by: Tick
So the hdd is in the middle the dvd drive is in the top spot, and the correct cable end it toward the mobo?

Um yes. I think. Does it matter which end of the IDE cable is plugged into the mobo?

I haven't tried anything other than blue.
 

Varun

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Originally posted by: neutralizer
Originally posted by: Tick
So the hdd is in the middle the dvd drive is in the top spot, and the correct cable end it toward the mobo?

Um yes. I think. Does it matter which end of the IDE cable is plugged into the mobo?

The blue end has to go to the motherboard, as the ground connections are only there.

Maybe try a new cable?
 

JimPhelpsMI

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Hi, Obviously your cable is CABLE SELECT. It will not work as MASTER/SLAVE. Some of the conductors are not connected pin to pin but are crossed. You will have to use CS on both and observe the color of the connectors. If you must go otherwise you will have to use a non CS cable and MASTER/SLAVE. Jim
 

Fern

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Nothing wrong or problematic with having the HDD as slave and teh optical as master.

Fern