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Hi everyone,

My computer shuts down everynow and then, don't matter what I am doing, playing games, internet, e-mailing, etc... message from boot up says"
SEC MASTER DRIVE-ATAPI INCOMPATIBLE.

HOW CAN I FIX THIS PROBLEM?

THANKS,
GNIT
 
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Might be that you have a hard disc where the bios expects a cd or dvd drive. Or you might have a bad cd or dvd drive as the secondary master. Check your bios settings. Try unplugging the secondary master drive. Could you post some specs for your computer?
 

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kronus,
thanks for replying I appreciate it, anyway I have a windows xp professional, version 2002, service pack 1, AMD athlon(tm)processor, 1.15 GHZ, with 512 MB of ram.

gnit
 

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What drives do you have in your computer? Specifically what is the master drive on the secondary IDE?
 
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Sounds like you have a heat problem, check your fan in the P/S, they have a nasty habit of stopping and restarting due to dirt/lack lubricant on fan shaft as they get older.
 
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"Sounds like you have a heat problem, check your fan in the P/S, they have a nasty habit of stopping and restarting due to dirt/lack lubricant on fan shaft as they get older."

Agreed. Many newer machines have an automatic power-down feature if it reaches a certain temperature. Possibly the ball bearings in the P/S fan went out. Also, check the heatsink and CPU fan and make sure that they are secure and functioning.

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is it shuting down or restarting,

if it has random restarts, then it is a windows problem.

if your hard drive has a feature called "SMART", disable it.


you cant have 2 master drives,
it will make the boot up extremely slow.

if it is a heat problem, remove the side panel from your pc case, this will keep it a lot cooler. you can do this until you gae enough case fans
 

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thanks for all your replies guys, right now I am doing what kronus suggested--to unplug my secondary master drive, so I did that and I disabled it as well in the BIOS screen. If that fix the problem, how do I replug the secondary master drive without having the same problem again? for now I let my comp run for 4 hours and see if it shuts down. it usually shuts down within 15 min. to 2 hours from the time I log on to it.
thanks you all, I'll keep you updated on the outcome.

gnit
 
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If you plud the drive back in, and your error occurs again, then you might have the cause.

Try testing the computer by running a game or something fairly intense. Try to make the computer crash.
 

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hi everyone,

I'm back and still experiecing the same problem, only now it seems that my computer only shuts down when I am playing games, (any games). I've check my fan and it does'nt look like it is failing cause the fan does not even stop working before the system shuts down.

I will appreciate anymore solultions to end this problem.

thanks,
gnit
 
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A few questions and requests, please answer all of them.

First, is the problem exactly the same or are there any differences?

Second, could you please install everest from http://www.lavalys.com/products/overview.php?pid=1&lang=en

Third, run Everest, and check your temperatures under 'sensor.'

Fourth, if you have a desk fan available, try removing the side panel of your computer and blow some air in there, see if that helps.
 
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