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Solved: Pri Master and Sec Master 'Not Installed'

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jonescw, Oct 12, 2008.

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  1. jonescw

    jonescw Thread Starter

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    Hi, just hoping someone can help me out.

    I have been running my pc with XP Proffesional Edition: -

    1.4MHZ AMD Athlon (I think!!)
    700Mb RAM
    20GB HDD
    256MB Graphics Card
    DVD Rom

    Not sure what the motherboard is, my HDD has the 'old' IDE connections.

    Anyway, everything has been running fine, so I decided to install a DVD RW unit instead of my CD/DVD unit.
    That's when my problems started.:mad:

    PC now won't boot, asks me to install the boot device or something like that and when I check the BIOS, it says that the Pri / Sec units not installed. Even when I run the auto detection it still says the same thing. I've tried re-installing the old CD/DVD unit but it keeps coming up with the same message.
    Also, for whatever reason, it's only showing 550MB RAM instead of the 680MB it used to show????

    I don't really have anything worth saving on the HDD as I tend to save onto CD or external storage so it's sounds like a good time to upgrade to a better HDD is that is the problem.

    Thanks very much in anticipation.

    Wayne
     
  2. Olemann

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    Check the jumper at the connector side of your CD/DVD, see if it is set on Master, Slave, or CS. Set the jumper on your new DVD RW drive in the same position, this should help. :)
     
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  4. jonescw

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    Thanks, didn't think of that, I'll give it a go and let you know.


    Cheers

    Wayne
     
  5. jonescw

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    Looks like you both were right. I've managed to get to the XP log-in screen, however, for some strange reason my keyboard and mouse don't work (well that's not quite right). They're not being powered up from the USB plug in interface. I have checked both mouse and kb on this laptop and they both work fine.
    I have a multi output usb box and that powers up but the M and KB don't!!

    Any ideas??

    Thanks very much for your help!
     
  7. jonescw

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    Stranger still, when I power off and then back on the KB does have power 'cos it allows me to hit the DEL and get into the BIOS and the keys also allow me to navigate through.

    When I come out of the BIOS function, the power seems to drop and there's no function from either????
     
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    Well, seems that leaving the unit for a while (switched on) must have fixed it. THe mouse and KB now work and I've managed to get back into Win.

    Thanks very much for both your help, much appreciated! :eek:)
     
  9. Olemann

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    Good, then things are back on track again. (y)
     
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