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Desktop Acer M1641: 1 IDE optical drive+ 1 SATA HDD. When SATA disabled,both drives appear in Bios n boot sequence. When SATA enbled, only optical drive in Bios. When both are present (as said before) Vista install cant continue because it does not find the HDD. Nowhere to find a detailed instruction for correct Bios settings, just specs and the like... Any help ? Regards, DH

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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 IDE-1 means Pri slave escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart
you will have to have master with slave set up
you can find the jumper location next to the power on a hard drive and the settings for plastic jumper location is usually printed on the top of a hard drive
IDE-0 means Pri master ?
IDE-1 means Pri slave ?
IDE-2 means Sec master ?
IDE-3 means Sec slave ?

Hope this helps

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