09-14-2004, 09:58 AM
Join Date: Sep 2004
Bios No Longer recognizes any drive except Main Drive (as Primary Master).
I recently replaced the factory-installed internal CD-R in my EMachines Tower 800 (circa 2000) with a DVD-RW.
The next day I got a bios error message (I've become pretty adept at working with my PC, but never worked w bios before!).
The real problem may have really been the CD or DVD left in the slot (I read up on bios errors afterwords (via Google) and read that folk should check that possibility first!).
Unfortunately, I went in & changed the bios so that it only boots from the main drive (I'd prefer that it try the floppy 1st, then the (new) onboard DVD-RW, then the main drive [there is also an external CD-RW]).
When I go into my (Phoenix) Bios it says there is
no primary slave
no 2ndary master
no 2ndary slave
There's one more thing I forgot to mention. When my friend and I installed the DVD-RW, we may have changed the master -slave order. The original factory CD-R was set up as the (primary? secondary?) slave (the floppy was the master apparently). This may be compounding the problem...or be the full cause of my problem.
I worry about not being able to boot from the floppy/DVD-RW/external CD-RW. (I
have Go Back installed to go back and correct short term diasters). The floppy, DVD & external CD all work and load normally from within Windows.
Also the (System) Device Manager lists these:
Generic IDE Disk Type 01
Generic NEC Floppy Disk
ATAPI DVD+RW 4x4x12
Iomega CDRW (external)
In Bios, selecting the 'restore default Bios settings' does nothing.
I haven't wanted to go back into bios...or even open the case again to examine the slave-master situation...until I wrote the problem up.
Terror enough for a month! (My friend left for Italy).
Where would you start?
What do you suggest?
Chet in NY