I had an ASRock K7VM3 motherboard that died and I never had any problems with the board so I bought another identical board.
Now it won't detect any drives on the 2nd IDE. I have tried every combination of drives and jumper settings but the 2nd IDE will not detect any drive...PLEASE HELP!!!
Changing power supply again solved this issue. Now motherboard behaves normally. The previous power supply works fine with other motherboard, but not with the K7VM3. There must be some slight difference that is not tolerable by K7VM3.
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The motherboard has 2 IDE connectors on board, specified to ATA 100 so I would be very surprised if a 250Gb IDE drive didn't work wth the board.
It is vital however if you have more than one device connected to one of the IDE ports (each port will take 2 devices) that the jumpers on the drives are correctly set to "Master", "Slave" or "Cable Select" as necessary, to ensure that both are recognised
Hope this helps
If you are trying to install Windows XP then - The problem is that XPinstallation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a SATA drive on adisk etc. and can install the driver when XP asks for a hard drive driver then,XP cannot detect the hard disk and therefore won't install XP.The FIX.Go into the BIOS anddisable the SATA drive (enable IDE emulation), this will make XP think it is aIDE/PATA hard disk. Then you can install XP normally. When Windows hasbeen installed then install all the device drivers (including the SATA driver),then shut down and boot up and got into the BIOS and enable the SATA drive.http://www.fixya.com/support/r4335035-installing_windows_xp_sata_hard_drive
Once your powered on the CMOS battery is no longer an issue. If it isn't reading the IDE or SATA channels it could be because they are not set in the BIOS. Check your BIOS setting and double check your cable connections. You also need to make sure, for IDE devices, that one of the drives is set to Master and the other to Slave otherwise they confuse the board and cancel each other out.
The cable for a floppy can be tricky. You should see a red line running down one side of the cable. If you look closely on your motherboard, you should a little "1" imprinted on the board near one of the corners where the cable plugs in. Make sure the red line is on the same side. Take the other end, and on the back of the floppy drive you should see another "1", do the same thing and make sure the red line is on the same side. Turn on your PC and try that. Monitor your floppy drive, and the light should blink a couple times while it starts up, and go off. If it stays solid, you should double check the cable connections, or try another cable. You can then check your BIOS and see that it is listed, typically on the front page, or under the drives section.