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IDE Controller Problem

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Mildman34, Jan 11, 2002.

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  1. Mildman34

    Mildman34 Thread Starter

    Dec 3, 2001
    My secondary IDE Controller has the yellow ! next to it in the device controller, and my cd drive wont work. Whenever i try to run a program the uses the cd drive my computer freezes up or says insert the correct cd, or cd not found. This is not a new computer, and my cd drive has worked before. Could this be a hardware problem, or are IDE Controllers purely software? Please help thanks
  2. columbo


    Sep 10, 2001

    Have you tried removing the secondary IDE controller, then rebooting and allowing Windows to re-detect it?

    One way to determine whether it's a software or hardware issue is to obtain a Windows 98 boot-disk, and boot up the computer using it. When prompted, choose "Start Windows 98 with CD-ROM Support". When it finishes loading to a DOS prompt, stick a CD in the drive, change the directory to E: (or whatever drive letter is assigned to your CD-ROM), and type in dir. If the drive can read and list the contents of your CD, then you know that the drive and controller are functioning properly, and that the problem is with the driver (software).

    When did this start happening? In the "Properties" window of the Sec. IDE controller, what is the error given? Does it relate to drivers, or a resource conflict, or something else?

  3. ~Candy~

    ~Candy~ Retired Administrator

    Jan 27, 2001
    Is the secondary IDE channel ENABLED in your bios setup?
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