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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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Jeff

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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.

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