Question about Motherboards

2 Answers

Trouble my asus mainboard can't read harddisk westerndigital 160Gb.....why??? type Asus TUSL2-C

Posted by on

  • arlesss Dec 12, 2008

    will not see 2- new wd 500 gig hard drives master and slave on either channel 2 or 3, nothing wrong with drives


2 Answers

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Master
  • 2,351 Answers

Hi didot05,
When you boot the PC press the Delete key every 2 seconds. This will open the Bios's main menu. You should see your WD 160 in the list of drives (including cd-rom drives). Bios settings can be found on pg. 50 of your user's manual. (Do not have your manual, download it from this link). Suggest you add this link to your favorites.
The most common reason a system can not see an IDE drive is because the drive's jumper settings are incorrect.
The second is the data cable is loose or needs to be replaced.
Re-check all your data connectors & power connections before closing the case. Make sure all cables are not loose.
If you are adding the 160 into a system as a slave drive than it should be connected to the same data cable as the primary drive. The primary drive (Model No), also needs its jumper checked. Most IDE drives have one jumper setting if it's a lone IDE drive but when you add a second drive its jumper is set differently.
Usually the primary drive is set as - Master with a slave.
(In a two drive system).
I can't advise you how to set your drives jumpers without the drive's model number. (160 IDE ex. WD1200BB), & (Your current drive's model number). On all IDE drives is a white sticker that shows the drives model number & jumper settings.
It's also important to know if the 160 is Primary Master or a Primary Slave. Below is WD's web site. (It's suggested you download WD's software to setup your drive. When you use WD's bootable floppy disk software temporally disconnect the data cable or power cable for any other IDE hard disk drives). No need to disconnect cd-rom drives.
In your case you would create a bootable floppy disk to test, format & setup your IDE drive.
Click the link below, scroll down the bottom of the page to,
Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for DOS (Floppy). Instructions are also listed.

If everything is set correctly & the bios see's the WD. Everything should run fine but if your WD 160 can not be seen by your bios than your drive is defective & needs to be returned for a replacement. I think WD's warranty is 1 year.

Have more questions, feel free to ask.
Good Luck!


Posted on Apr 21, 2008

  • Mike Peluso
    Mike Peluso Apr 21, 2008

    How to vote you're expert & also how to repost more questions for same problem or answer expert's questions.
    Enter site.
    Sign in to your FixYa account.
    Locate My Profile on our FixYa's homepage.
    Under My Problem locate your problem and click on it.
    Under the solution given by the expert, choose.


  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.


    An expert that has over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Expert
  • 62 Answers

Hello didot05,

It is possible that you may have a deffective hard drive. However, I would suggest checking your IDE cable to make sure they are connected. Then go into your bios mode to see if *********** reconizes the hard drive from there. If you are not able to see the hard drive through your bios, you may have a deffective hard drive and may have to replace the hard drive.

I hope this information helps.


Agent Xiong

Posted on Apr 21, 2008

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Processor shut off 5 sec

Hello you can find your mainboard here:

By entering the mainboard number.
And choose the mainboard.
Select download and your windows system.
Open the manual folder and click on global for download.
You will need adobe reader to read the content.

I think you need to renew the thermal paste between the cooling element and the cpu.
Clean the cooling element for dust, and check the bios for any overclocking settings.

Good luck

Jan 07, 2013 | ASUS Motherboards

1 Answer

Latest bios for asus p5s

Hello type in the right mainboardd number here:

When you find your mainboard select download and your windows system.
Open the bios folder select the newest bios and click
on global for download.
Any file from the asus site needs to be unziped.
The bios can be upgraded while windows is running by downloading the asus update utility.

Select the right mainboard because flashing the bios with a wrong one will destroy the mainboard.
You also need to setup the bios settings like clock, date, boot, etc. when the job is done.

Good luck

Jan 05, 2013 | Motherboards

1 Answer

Is the ms 6540 motherboard compatible with the asus p5s800-vm

what u mean compatible? if u mean u want to change your ms 6540 to Asus P5S800-VM, then i tell u it cannot be done.
first thing that u look when to change mainboard is SOCKET type... ms 6540 have socket type 478 and asus p5s800-vm have socket type LGA775. thats mean your old processor cannot be use in asus. socket 478 is older than LGA775.
So if u want to change your mainboard for ASUS P5S800-vm, then u need to change your processor to... about RAM socket and VGA socket, ms 6540 have same type with ASUS P5S800 (DDR400) so u dont need to change your RAM and VGA (if u use external VGA)
hope this useful, regards.

Aug 18, 2011 | ASUS P5S800-VM Motherboard

2 Answers

New sata harddisk not detected

The mother boards from that time you had to install the RAID drivers to use SATA drives. The drive disc which came with the mother board should have the drive, but I would suggest going to ASUS's web site and download the latest drivers. Click the link below, Select which OS (Operating System) you are using, Next click the little + box next to "IDE" and the drivers needed will be listed.

Jan 26, 2010 | ASUS P4V8X-MX Motherboard

1 Answer

Wanting two harddisks to work

You need to change the cap that covers the pins on your drives
Most of them have the way to put them on the instruction booklet or printed on the drive.
Hope it helps!

Jun 27, 2009 | ASUS K8V-VM Motherboard

1 Answer

Not read actually

It is not about the motherboard. It is about windows. When setting up windows (New install), windows may not see all of your drive. That's OK. Once windows has finished installing & all your drivers have been installed, please update windows.

Once Windows SP1 & SP2 have been installed Windows will see all of your hard drive.
Windows 98 can see a max of 64GB & windows 98SE, 137GB. Win XP can see a max of 2 exobytes.

(What is 1exobyte? = EB. In decimal terms, an exabyte is a billion gigabytes).


How to repost more questions for same problem or answer expert's questions.

Enter site.
Sign in to your FixYa account.
Locate My Profile on our FixYa's homepage.
Under My Problem locate your problem and click on it.
Add another question to the current post.

Apr 21, 2008 | ASUS Intel 815E Chipset TUSL2 (TUSL2 SWA)...

1 Answer

Trying to set up front usb ports on asus p4p800se

Find usb pin in the boad " USB1 & USB 2" You can see five pins in the board composed of two lines. connect the cable in the line composed of four pins. from left. VCC, Data-2 , Data+2, grnd2. After connecting try a Usb mouse if the USB mouse function well then connection is correct.

Jan 06, 2008 | ASUS Intel 815E Chipset TUSL2 (TUSL2 SWA)...

1 Answer


You can get drivers from asus.

Choose Motherboard,
Socket 370

Nov 09, 2007 | ASUS Intel 815E Chipset TUSL2 (TUSL2 SWA)...

1 Answer

Beeps along

Hi, Past experiences with different models of Asus of this type of problem indicates BIOS problem. I have not come across the same symptoms with ECS, Intel, MSI, Gigabyte or others but once in a Samsung. The beeping sound is actually up down (like old ambulance siren). I have tried some correctives measures with varying results: 1. Clean the motherboard with a strong solvent, hot air dry with particular attention to the BIOS chip; 2. Resolder the bottom side of the motherboard particularly the chip holder of the BIOS; and/or 3. Flash the BIOS chip using an identical motherboard or an EPROM programmer. If all else fails, am afraid you have to replace your motherboard. Good luck and pls post back how things turn up or if you need further information. Kind regards.

Aug 20, 2007 | ASUS Intel 815E Chipset TUSL2 (TUSL2 SWA)...

Not finding what you are looking for?
Motherboards Logo

Related Topics:

510 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Motherboards Experts

Brian Sullivan
Brian Sullivan

Level 3 Expert

27725 Answers


Level 3 Expert

5660 Answers

Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor

Level 3 Expert

728 Answers

Are you a Motherboard Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides