Start Up help please.

By aidopc
Dec 30, 2007
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  1. Hi I have the following:
    Processor: AMD Athlon XP 2800+
    Motherboard: ASROCK K7VM4 (agp 8x)
    Bios: AMI Legal BIOS, SMBios 2.3.1 Support
    Hard Drive: WB Caviar SE WD1600 -- Western Digital - WD 1600jb - 00GNAO 160gb

    I have the Hard Drive plugged into the Primary IDE Connector (IDE1, Blue)
    And the CD-Rom plugged into the seconday IDE Connector (IDE2, Black)..

    The harddrive has no jumper plug (single master position), and the CD-ROM has the jumper plug selected to SLAVE.

    My problem is that my computer wont boot past this error screen.

    F2: Setup F11: Boot Menu
    Auto Detecting Primary Master - IDE Hard Disk
    Auto Detecting Primary Slave - Not Detected
    Auto Detecting Secondary Master - Not Detected
    Auto Detecting Secondary Slave - ATAPI CDROM

    Primary Master 08.02d08 WDC WD1600JB - 00GNAO
    Ultra DMA Mode - 2 S.M.A.R.T Capable but disabled
    Secondary Slave: OWO1: MATSHI TADVD. Rom SR- 8583A

    ******* IDE Drives installations error ********
    For best reliability & Performance, please change the stand alone slave drive to master. System Halt.

    ??? What do I do, Ive tried everything.. checked all chords, plugs and jumper points. The Harddrive picture says that by Leaving my HDD without a jumper plug it selects MASTER right? So how do I tell the computer that my HDD is actually master and not slave.?

    Ive also had the error where it says
    f2: Setup F11: Boot Menu // The computer doesnt load anything then beeps and 30 seconds later this appears... (below)

    Sec Master HDD Error
    Sec Slave HDD Error
    Press F1 to Resume

    Searching for boot record from floppy..Not Found
    Searching for boot record from SCSI.. Not Found

    Then it beeps and says Boot Failure
    Insert Boot Diskette in A:
    Press any key to when ready..

    I inserted the first disk of Windows XP "Boot disk floppy" and nothing happened??? Do I need to upgrade my BIOS? and how/where do I do that..
    How do I get my computer running?

    Sorry but any help would be great!!!
  2. Blind Dragon

    Blind Dragon TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,048

    Move the jumper on your cd-rom to master

    if it still doesn't work go into BIOS and select the boot order
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