New Laptop Optical Drive Causes 0203 failure ide #2 error at boot
I installed a replacement optical drive on a client's Toshiba notebook with a supposedly compatible drive when the original drive stopped reading discs. Now, upon boot up, the error "0203 failure ide #2" appears and the new drive is not recognized.
It appears that this is a IDE master/slave issue from the research I've done. Unlike a desktop drive, this laptop drive does not have jumper settings to set master/slave. I am certain it's something with the new drive; the old drive is detected fine, it just doesn't work properly otherwise.
Any suggestions? I'm probably going to return the drive as incompatible if I can't find a viable solution.
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I had the original drive and was able to remove the tray (read head most commonly is where the problem is) from the new drive that was giving me errors and install it in the known good config. It was really easy to do if you have a tiny Philips screw driver. Remove the top of the drive, then carefully follow the ribbon under the drive, remove the screws on the plate over the ribbon, pull the retainer to you, then gently pull the ribbon out of the retainer. You have to gently manipulate the sliders out of the case and they are very fragile, so take caution in removing them, but it can be done. Put all of the parts from the tray out into the old drive and if you have the same results as me your boot error message is gone! ;) Note: on the original drive there was really clear tape that held it together after removing the screws, so watch for the tape, once the tape is removed the top comes right off.
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It's in the bios, hit F2 when it's booting, and go to drives, and set it from there..you will see them..you may need to turn them off, and then restart, then F2 again, and then turn them back on. check your computers warranty here 4 FREE
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have you tried to check the Bios to see if it picks up the hard drive? (on boot up, push the delete or F10 or ESC buttons) One of the buttons will get you into the bios then check the boot options or the standard information. You can also set the default values and save. If you have Win 7 then get Win7 cd and let boot up from the CD. You can choose to repair and this normally works well.
The CD/DVD Drive may be failing ,or the actual IDE Controller built into the motherboard is bad.
You will need to determine which it is.
To do that - find an identical computer and see if you can remove the CD/DVD Drive from your laptop and swap it with that computer's drive. Then try to boot up your laptop with the "Known Good" drive in the system. If the same error occurs - then you will know that the IDE Controller on the motherboard has failed.
You can try to upgrade your system BIOS and this might trick the IDE Controller back into working, but it is a slim chance. Try it anyway.
So you have a potential problem with the hard drive and a known problem with the optical drive. Replace the optical drive first: it's easy (one screw at the bottom, another one underneath the keyboard - these are the only 2 screws holding the optical drive in). You can buy a replacement drive, new or used, on eBay for $10 - $20 delivered. After that, you should be able to figure out if the hard drive's problems are OS related or HW failure. HDD's are cheap, too. This model uses 2.5" ATA IDE drive (30 or 40G or you can go larger), figure 50 cents to 75 cents per gigabyte, and you'll be okay. Just don't pay tourist prices for these things....
First try restarting while tapping the F8 key to try and both from disk this way.If that doesn't work you will need to try and install the drivers for the ide controller and cd rom . if all else fails you may need to try replacing your dvd/cd drive it has failed for one of the above reasons.
Try restarting the notebook and press F2 to get to the BIOS and look if the optical drive was detected, if not place the WIndows instalation disc into the drive then reboot the laptop and press F12 then chose to boot from CD, then press any key to start the instalation of Windows. Agree by pressing F8 then when you are asked what would you like to do press install Windows, on the next screen you will be asked again what action would you like to take, chose to repair the existing windows, and follow the onscreen instructions, this will not delete any files on your laptop but will infact repair windows. By chosing to install new windows, at the start the system will load the default drivers which infact will reisntall the CD /optical drives. Also before you try all this you could just go to Device Manger and check if any drivers are market with red "X" or the yellow exclamation mark under the DVD.CD drives. This should resolve the issue as it seems to be that windows is corrupted and cannot load the optical drives or detect them. Good luck
From what you describe, you may have a HDD failure. The Inspiron 8000 has a serial bus for the IDE drives and if one drive fails neither will work (If HDD Fails, the CD drive will not read)
Reseat both the HDD and Optical drive and make sure they are detected in BIOS. If HDD is not detected, replace it.
Toshiba's System Errors indicate that the error 0201 Failure IDE #0
may be caused by bad contact points where the drive plugs into the laptop chassis. Toshiba recommends pulling the hard drive in and out several
times to clean up the male/female contact points.
Toshiba also said that if this doesn't work to contact one of their service centers for assistance.
The contact points solution rarely works, but is worth a try. Most likely, your hard drive failed and needs to be replaced.
the laptop not recognizing the boot devices except the network boot that it found but there was no connection so it exit the pxe rom. first you need to open up the laptop and see what is running around inside maybe metal and your in for trouble if its metal maybe screw or so. second and this will hurt but you may need a new motherboard.but first lets get the object out.metal or plastic so you'll need to pull down the laptop and take the cmos battery out for abit .put the laptop back together replace the cmos battery leave out the hard drive and the optical drive (cdrom,dvdrom) then turn the laptop on wait for it to boot then turn off. replace cdrom with bootable cd inside restart. if it boots your in luck.turn off replace hard drive and restart. If all goes well and your able to boot to hard do this first download the bios flash for you laptop at toshiba site only at toshiba site and only your specific laptop model. read the readme file that come attached follow the instructions. then you can do you upgrade that you wanted to do all along
Please test your Optical Drive with any bootable Cd/DVD if it gets successfully booted from CD/DVD then your Optical drive do not have any problem.
but if it is not sensing the CD/DVD in boot sequence also then there might me problem with your optical Media Lense also.
You need to replace it