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Primary IDE channel Gone Bad?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Toyman, Oct 20, 2003.

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  1. Toyman

    Toyman Thread Starter

    Mar 24, 2001
    I think I have a bad primary IDE channel but I am not sure. My hard drives aren't recoginized when they're hooked up to it and either is my DVD burner but what ever I hook up to my secondary i can boot up to it. Never had a IDE go bad...... my question is....... can IDE channels go bad or is there something else causing it...... before I buy another mobo?

    If you need anymore info just ask.
  2. GwizJoe


    Aug 19, 2003
    Are both channels being recognised in your BIOS? Are they both enabled in the BIOS?
    Have you checked the device manager? Does it give any indication that there is a problem?
    Have you tried reinstalling your IDE controller?
    Using new/different cables?
  3. Ronnie151


    Apr 3, 2001
    They make a pci card with ide controller on it.
  4. rmay635703


    Nov 7, 2002
    There are different ways for an IDE port to go bad, if a trace to the paticular port is iffy it can fail, also it is possible that internal logic in your chipset is dying that refers to port 1, if that happens there is no way of fixing it, even with a new controller.

    Hopefully your primary port is just disabled in the bios as opposed to actually dead.

    Also try another cable, if the cable is broke your drives won't detect either.

    Good Luck
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