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Wont register the ide hdd

For some reason i cant get the ide hdd to work, the drive is fine, the cords are fine and the ide connections on the mobo are fine, they all pick up the dvd, but not the hdd.....if anyone knows where i can get either a copy of the motherboard instal disc, or the right drivers that i need.

Thanks heaps dudes

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  • phatmole Nov 01, 2007

    unfortunatly, it doesnt seem to do what i want

    i found a few versions of the 4in1, but alas, i still cant get it going. problem is, when i try from f6 on  win install it either says no txtsetup file, and when i try from a dos prompt, it says not enough memory to load it....any ideas?

  • phatmole Nov 01, 2007

    i agree, it should pick it up in the bios, but nup. the spun part is, ive tried the dvd drive on the primary, secandary and the bios has registered it at all points. yeah, i checked the jumpers, lol, i also tried all possible settings with a start up....zip. the drive works, i used my other pc to format the drive (should i test it again?),

    the strange thing is the motherbaord drivers on the ecs site, there are ide drivers there ( ive tried them, still nothing).

    for some reason, the motherboard wont register the ide..., thanks heaps for you help by the way dude, your a champ, if you have any other ideas im up for them

  • phatmole Nov 02, 2007

    ok, ive tried to bypass the whole ide thing with limited success. using a pci to sata card ive been able to get it to register that the hdd is there, but still on trying to install windows, it tells me it can find no drives. admittedly, i know little about sata.

    was this a good plan ?, any ideas how to get it to load win on to the sata drive?

    (i would have tried your suggestion, but now my monitor is stuffed on the main pc, black screen...when it rains..lol...it pours)

  • phatmole Nov 02, 2007

    yep, got the floppy drive, and all is good...until, after the whole f8 to agree on the windows install, it comes up to insert my windows disc ( it is), then it tells me it coulfd not read the disc or it is not a valid windows disc...(it is, windows xp pro). lol, where am i going worng now...lol

  • phatmole Nov 05, 2007

    that was it, the cd was damaged. its all up and running now....however, now theres another minor (probally major) hicup.

    sorry its taken so long to reply dude, and again, thanks heaps for your assistance.

    lol, ok, the other problem...the system is freezing at random times...any thoughts?.

    sorry again for the delay and thanks again for you help dude.



    Mole.

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Do a google search for ecs p4vmm2
This should take you right to the download page where you can get the VIA 4 in 1 drivers. The url is too long to copy.
Double check  the master/slave jumpers on the hd.

Posted on Oct 26, 2007

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  • Hugh Vandervoort
    Hugh Vandervoort Nov 01, 2007

    There has to be something else wrong. You don't need to press F6 to load IDE drivers. Have you checked the Slave/Master jumpers?
    Does this drive show in the BIOS?
    Has this drive ever worked? Is it formatted?
    It's entriely possible this drive is damaged in some way.

  • Hugh Vandervoort
    Hugh Vandervoort Nov 01, 2007

    Very weird.
    Is this a standard brand HD? Look very closely for damaged pins.
    I think I would:
    Put it in the other PC and format it NTFS (You're using XP, right)?
    Set the jumper to master and install it on the Primary IDE channel IDE cable in the master position (because we know the Master position works). Do this without the DVD attached.
    Boot up, check if it's found in the BIOS. If no luck, we're missing something.

  • Hugh Vandervoort
    Hugh Vandervoort Nov 02, 2007

    I'm not sure what card you're using, but I would assume that you now need to load the drivers for the (now) SATA drive when you install Windows. That's the screen where you press F6.
    Usually this is done with a floppy disk, if you have a floppy drive.

  • Hugh Vandervoort
    Hugh Vandervoort Nov 02, 2007

    It sounds as though your CD is damaged. You may be able to clean it, or just borrow one from someone, using your own product key.

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