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Slow detect Two IDE Device

When M2n-MX boot , it is slow in detecting two IDE device.
It take 1 min to detect both of them then i can start windows.
But when i disconnect one of them , there is no problem.
I have HDD 80 + DVD ROM and connect both of them with IDE cable.

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  • iranmorteza Apr 18, 2008

    my probelm fixed

    My IDE cable was not connect correctly.

    Because i connected inverse

    i connect the side that must connect to motherboard,to DVD ROM.

    it resulting in slow detecting.

    the IDE cable has three part.Two of them are near selves.these parts must connect to HDD and DVD ROM.and the part that is far, mst connect to motherboard.



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Similar problem here... Doing an in-case update from a perfectly reliable system. CD Burner and IOMega ZIP on the IDE cable and half the time the Burner doesn't reset at power on. I've tried two different power supplies, changed cables, and so on.

If I use either drive alone no problem... put them both on the cable and no go.

Checking the CD Burner on the bench, it will reset every time I give it power. But not so on the motherboard...

I'm thinking there's an IDE timing problem.

Posted on Apr 16, 2008

  • LD Blake Apr 17, 2008

    Well, I think I found the answer to my problem... and as Ekse said it's about jumpers....

    I have a CD-Rom and Zip disk on the same cable. They worked fine on my older (slower) system but not on the Asus board. Checking around the net last night I discovered there are at least 5 differenct versions of the same basic Iomega Zip disk.

    It turns out mine (and IDE/ATAPI 100) has an error on the sticker telling you how to set the jumpers. There are 3 possibilities, Cable Select, Slave and Master. The sticker says to use the left set of pins on the header for CS, the right set for Master and remove the jumper for slave... turns out this does work but the actual jumper setting for slave is to put the jumper on the center set of pins.

    Did it, now everything seems to be working.

    Now the question... How did I get away with that for so long???


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1st make sure both jumpers are set correctly, the one in the end of the ide cable as master and the other in the middle of the cable as slave

you can also try connecting both with separate ide cables.

If you need more assistance let me know, I'm here to help

Posted on Apr 06, 2008

  • Ekse Apr 19, 2008

    Good job guys, now if you could give me a Fixya rateing that would be awesome :-)



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