I had an older computer given to me it is an Intel Celeron 267 MHZ with 128 MB ram award bios not sure of the mobo.
It did not have a cdrom or hard drive in it so I purchased a 52x LG CD-RW and a Maxtor 40 GB Hard Drive.
I left the jumpers the way they were factory(master) I installed the IDE Cables correctly>>Put the Hard Drive into the Primary and the CD-RW into the secondary. I wanted to make my Hard Drive Primary Master.
So after hooking everything up I start up the pc and when it is detecting Primary master it just sits there on that and says press f4 to skip in brackets. I have gone into the Bios and made sure it was set to auto detect.
So after hours of messing with that still nothing. So i tried changing the jumper on the Hard Drive to slave actually I tried them all and the only way I can make it work is by putting the jumper on Cap Limit(cable Select) on the Hard Drive? So i did that and now when it loads up it says Detecting
IDE Primary Master = None
IDE Primary Slave = My Maxtor 40 Gig Hard Drive
IDE Seconday Master = MY LG CD-RW
IDE Secondary Slave = None
OK so i loaded a boot disk and fdisked set primary partition formatted c: loaded win xp seems to work
So is it ok to leave my hard drive as primary slave? I wanted to set my hard drive as Primary Master how do I do this and what am i doing wrong?
ALso now that windows will load up with these settings I look at my hard drive properties and came to find out that my 40 Gig Hard drive is only showing a capacity of 31.4 Gig? Is this because it is not set as primary Master..? Sorry for the dumb questions but could someone please try and help me out?
Thanks in advance