Problem Installing Two DVD Drives

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Jacobx

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I have a ASUS DVDR drive and got another drive that is a Hitachi and isn't write capable. When I try to hook up both, the Hitachi drive works but the ASUS drive won't power up and isn't recognized in the BIOS. I've tried them on the same channel and separate channels. I have tried many different combos for jumper settings including slave/master, master/slave, CS/CS, and I've tried two different IDE cables. No matter what I do, the ASUS dive will not power up unless I unhook the IDE cable from the Hitachi drive. Any ideas?
My motherboard is an ASUS A8N5X.
 
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Bad drive?
Try it in another machine.
look carefully for bent or shorted pins.
 
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Interesting, I have 2 dvd drives on my machine, one is a burner the other is just a reader both set for cable select.

How many ide connections do you have on your board?
 
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Jake: Since you had the Asus drive longer, I'll assume it is in the top cage and uses the end connector. The Hitachi would then be in a lower cage and uses the middle connector.
Just for the heck of it, swap positions of the drives and put the Hitachi on top of the Asus.
Set the Hitachi as Master and the Asus as slave, See what happens.
 

Jacobx

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Yeah, I have two channels and tried running both drives with one on each channel. Same results.
 

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For half a second I thought it might be the power supply, but I have like a 600w or 650w power supply. Does it ever happen that drives are incompatible with each other? or could my motherboard have a problem with two dvd drives? I'm working on something now, but I could pull out a cd-rom drive from another computer later and see if it will work with the Asus drive. I don't need RAID drivers for two dvd drives do I?
 
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No. You don't need RAID drivers for 2 DVD/DVDRW. Both my machines have DVD-rom and a DVDRW and work fine. RAID drivers are for HDD's.
I have never had any problems with 2 mismatched optical drives on the same IDE cable.
Maybe Asus boards have this problem, I don't know for sure.
One more thing to try. If you are using the Molex connectors on one line for both drives, try using a different line for the 2nd drive. I don't see how this would help but you've tried everything else.
 

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I tried that Flags, no good. Rich, I hadn't tried using a different cable for both so I gave that a shot, but it didn't help. I checked my BIOS version and it's up to date. There is a newer version but it's a beta and I don't really want to mess with that. Thanks for the help so far everyone. Please give me any more ideas you come up with.
 

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I have had bad drives straight out of the box. Maybe you have one.
 
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Have you tried using the cable that came with the ASUS cable. Some drives require you use the 80 pin (you can tell because it is more densely packed) connector instead of the 40 pin. Make sure you are using the 80 pin IDE cable.
 
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