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Harddrive hello sir! there is no harddrive model no. displayed in BIOS but their geometry displayed due to which i am not able to boot through harddrive though i have installed windows xp OS and many other softtwares.

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i have a samsung dvd rw device its working properly but not booting frm cd's, even i change in the bios ( boot priority ) but dats not able to boot through harddrive though i have installed windows xp OS and many other softtwares.

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Get into boot setup and change the 1st boot device as hard disk

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No product support question is stupid, Peter.

1) An IDE cable should be plugged in with the Number 1 socket hole in the IDE cable's connector, going on the Number 1 pin on the harddrive.

Number 1 pin on an IDE optical drive, or harddrive, is next to the 4-pin power connection.

Illustration which shows the back of an IDE (PATA) harddrive.

See the area marked as IDE Connector?
Two rows of pins.

Next over are the Jumper pins in the Jumper Block.

Finally, next to the Jumper Block is the 4-pin power connection.

To make sure the IDE flat ribbon cable, is inserted into the harddrive in the correct position, a Locating Lug is usually on the IDE flat ribbon cable's connector.

A small rectangle, or two bumps side by side, on the top edge of the connector.

This Locating Lug lines up with a cutout, in the circuit board of the harddrive.
A Locating Notch.

Sometimes there isn't a Locating Lug.
In this case look at the side edge of the IDE cable for the faint Red stripe.
This red stripe is on the same side as Number 1 pin.

So when you go to plug the IDE cable in, make sure the Red stripe is facing the 4-pin power connection.

Goes for an optical drive (CD/DVD drive), or a Harddrive.

(On the motherboard there are usually two IDE headers. {Connectors}

One for the Primary IDE device, a Harddrive, and one for the Secondary IDE device.
Usually an optical drive.

Next to the Primary IDE connector on the motherboard may be PRI, or Pri, or Primary, or IDE 1.
{ In TINY letter/numbers }

Next to the Secondary IDE connector on the motherboard, may be SEC, or Sec, or Secondary, or IDE 2.

Sometimes only the Secondary connector is marked. This tells you the other connector is the Primary connector.

Number 1 pin is towards the marking. Primary, or Secondary.
The Red stripe goes towards the marking on the motherboard )

There are two rows of pins on the back of the Harddrive for the IDE cable.
With a cursory glance it may look as though there are two rows of 20 pins.
There is not.

One pin has been removed. One row only has 19 pins.
Generally, but NOT always, the matching socket hole in the IDE cable's connector, is blocked off with a plug.

An IDE cable only uses 39 socket holes even if there are 40 shown.

Also; NOT a good idea to put a Harddrive, and an Optical Drive, on the same IDE cable.

BIOS looks to see which drive has the Master Boot Record.
Windows master boot record.
This is on the Harddrive.

BIOS will look at both, the Harddrive, and the Optical Drive.
This slows the computer down, for one.
For two, BIOS may not find which drive has the master boot record, with both drives on the same IDE flat ribbon cable.

Harddrive goes to the Primary IDE cable.
Optical drive/s go to the Secondary IDE cable.

2) As for the power cable it is a 4-pin standard Peripheral power cable.
Often misnomered as a 'Molex' cable.

[Molex was the model name given by the first company to produce this connector.
It stuck.
Kind of like referring to an open-end wrench as a Crescent wrench ]

It is also a STANDARD 4-pin Peripheral power cable, because there two 4-pin Peripheral power cables.

4-pin Standard Peripheral power cable,

Note in the center photo the shape of the connector.
The top two corners are rounded.
Only plugs in, in one direction.

{The Yellow wire is a 12 Volt wire.
Red = 5 Volts
Black wires are Ground wires }

4-pin Small Peripheral power cable,

Older computers used this power cable for a Floppy Drive.
Newer computers use it for a Card Reader.

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Oct 01, 2011 | CD & DVD Burners

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How to set the jumper to make a cd r/rw as slave

During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup
Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS the scroll down to advanced bios features press enter change your first boot device to cd,press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart
(note after you have loaded the operating system you must go back and change the first boot device to your hard drive)
The options listed for 1st,2nd ,3rd Boot device include:
IDE-0 means Pri master ?
IDE-1 means Pri slave ?
IDE-2 means Sec master ?
IDE-3 means Sec slave ?

Master/Slave designation is determined by jumpers on IDE drives. Most drives have adequate markings on them to identify these jumper positions. If not marked clearly, you will need the manufacturer's data to determine that designation.
If you are curious about a working system just power-up in set-up mode (usually by depressing (f1-or-f2) during boot-up sequence, your system-bios will display this information for you.

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I have installed a SATA SH-S223C on a computer with Windows XP. But now when I try to boot the computer, it freezes on the Windows boot screen until I open the CD tray. Then it will continue on to the...

Do you have any CD in the tray, first would be to remove the disc if present as boot from CD would be first option in BIOS.
Get into the BIOS by pressing the appropriate key some systems it is the DEL key or F2. In bios select Advanced Bios Features.

Select Advanced Bios Features
Hard Disk boot priority,

Select "Bootable add in cards" with keyboard and keep pressing + until it is in the first location.


Set first boot device as Hard Disk and then save and exit BIOS.
F10 is shortcut to do this.

If you need to boot from CD next time just change first boot device to CDROM.

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Hello, I have an ACER EXTENSA 67022ZNWLMi Laptop, my windows has grown old and i need to renew it... :/ although it reads the DVD of WinVista but when i boots it with DVD ROM it waits a bit while the...

Make sure the DVD drive is set as the 1st bootable drive in the bios, exit and SAVE from the bios.
Make sure the disk is clean and unscratched. Try it again, pressing a key when it asks.
If this still does not work, try the disk in another PC if possible. If this will not boot the other computer into the instalation process. Your disk may be damaged

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Hello pls help. My IBM x20 laptop always display "error 0198 power source is battery" during booting with no adapter plugged in. anyone pls help...


I assume that you are trying to boot off of your battery and that possibly an update to your BIOS was performed and now you need to boot with a power adapter plugged in. IBM is touchy with this kind of thing. If you have your adapter plugged in, I might check to see if it has a light to indicate power on it and if it doesn't check the adapter where the power cord from the wall plugs into the adapter to make sure it is well seated.

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Not displayed in my computer, but displayed in device manager with yellow exclamtion mark code39 driver error

Install its driver I think. If this device is in the yellow mark in device manager. Have it go to update driver or install driver. The exclamation mark should be gone. Or better install its bundled software application

HOPe this one helps

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Not Reading/writing not even detecting

You need to check the bios on start up. You should have your CD/DVD drive as the first boot device.

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Drive defect, repair or find replacement for HP laptop?

no this is not true but there is a hidden file on the bios chip and on the harddrive im told and all hardware must match these two drives or pc wont boot this is second hand info by the way regards

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