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Old 01-03-02, 05:01 PM
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How do I find out which IDE bus my DVD drive is configured?

I would like to know how to find out which IDE bus my DVD drive is configured to, primary or secondary. Where do I look?

thanks. I am running windows XP.
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open the case

look at the ribbon cable

if the dvd drive is on the end of the cable, then its master
if the dvd drive is on the middle of the cable, then its slave

then look at the board to see where the ribbon is plugged in
if its in ide1 then its primary
if its in ide2 then its secondary
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or

go into your bios

it is written there


or when you boot the machine, it should say it on the bootup screen


and most of the benchmarking programs will tell you that info
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Thanks I'll check it out...
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Originally posted by twikoff
if the dvd drive is on the end of the cable, then its master
if the dvd drive is on the middle of the cable, then its slave
I don't think you can necessarily say that. Only if cable select is enabled does position on the cable determine master or slave.

I would look at the jumpers to make sure they're not jumpered as master or slave. If they are you'll have your answer there. But looking in the BIOS is probably the most reliable way.
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How do I restart in Dos mode? I knew how to do it in 95, it was easy...but now I am running Windows XP, and all I can find is a DOS window. In order to use the firmware patch, it says I need to run the upgrade from DOS mode. Thanks...
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I haven't used XP, but if it's like Win2K it looks like you'll have to make a DOS boot floppy. It depends on how your hard drive is formatted as to what version of DOS (if any at all) must be used. I advocate using the hard drive because if your floppy has a reading problem while you're flashing, you can ruin your DVD drive. Doesn't hurt to be on a UPS as well if you have power problems.

If your hard drive is formatted as FAT32 you can use a Win98 DOS floppy. If it's NTFS you are probably stuck flashing off the floppy.

Make sense?
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I don't understand...I guess I'll wait for my roommate who knows what he's doing to come back because I don't want to ruin my drive.
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why do you want to go into dos mode?

your quickest, easiest way to check is probably to peek in the bios

when you start your system.. does it say hit F2, or hit Delete, or something like that to enter startup?
if so.. thats how you get into the bios
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Originally posted by twikoff
why do you want to go into dos mode?
To flash the firmware of the DVD-ROM.

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