IDE Controller Failure?

By daniel_shub
Jul 9, 2006
  1. I have a ASUS A8V Deluxe mobo, and two ODD (DVD writer and a DVD drive). I cannot boot from either IDE ODD drive on a regualr basis. It doesn't seem disk dependnent (orignal CDs and burned ones seem to work/fail with the same frequency). I have updated the mobo bios and the ODD firmwares to there latests versions and this did not fix the probelem. I have swapped cables, disconnected/reconnected the drives. I even tried a new drive and cable from a working computer. The bios (POST??) always detects the ODD drives, it just cannot boot from the drive.

    When I boot into Windows 2000 from the SATA HDD, the ODD drvies are always found, but they often do not recognize the CD/DVD and says "Insert Disk".

    Is this an IDE controller failure or something else?
    How do I test for IDE controller failure?
    Is there a work around besides replaceing the mobo?
  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    How are the ODD jumpered? is the Burner master and the Rom Slave?
  3. daniel_shub

    daniel_shub TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the suggestion.

    I have tried all (or at least a lot of the) combos of jumpering (slave/master), cable placement (middle/end) and IDE connector (primary/secondary) for each drive individually. The rom drive works in another computer, and a working cd rom drive does not work in mine.

    Could it be the power supply?

    Any other ideas?
  4. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    it is possible it is the PSU what brand is the PSU and what wattage?
  5. daniel_shub

    daniel_shub TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The PSU is a Cool Master and is rated to 350 W. It is not powering much. I have runplugged everything except for the two case fans and the APG video card. How do I test the PSU?

    I borrowed a SATA DVD drive yesterday, and that is working fine. I am going to try and find a PCI IDE controller card to test.

    If it is the IDE controller, is the mobo going down hill? Is it worth spending $30-50 for the controler card or do I shell out the ~$100 for a new mobo and do the reinstall of everything (hopefully I can find an Asus A*V deleuxe and not have to reinstall).

  6. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    First I would test the PSU, Antec makes a nifty PSu tester for around 12.00 that shows a green light ( good) red light )bad) for each rail. so you can get that or take your PSU to a shop and let them test it. Before you do that you could download and install speed fan to check if their are any fluctuations on your rails.

    Frankly I would not go the route of a PCI IDE card. they can be quirky unless you pay for a quality one and even then they can be tempermental with Optical drives. if it turns out that your PSU is ok, then it is probably a defective mobo that is the problem. and iif The IDE ports have gone bad then some other part may soon follow. I would suggest replacing the mobo, if that is the case.
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