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I am working on a Dell Dimension 2400 computer. The hard drive in this computer is a WD1600. With all wires hooked up correctly the hard drive will not spin up to boot the computer. If I unhook the IDE cable from the drive and turn the computer on the hard seems to spin up just fine. I have tried moving the IDE cable to secondary connection on the mother board which did not change anything. I also tried a different IDE cable and it does the same thing...no spinning. Anyone ever heard of this?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Paul
 

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Since it is a WD drive, do you have the drive alone on a ribbon cable? If so, you need to remove all the jumpers and place it on the end connector of the ribbon cable. Also, make sure it is an 80 connector cable and not one of the old 40 connector cables.

Note: If there is another drive on there, then you need to have the WD jumpers set as master and have the other drive jumpers set to slave. Then, place the WD on the end connector.
 

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I am working with a single hard drive with no jumpers on the drive. The drive is connected to the end of the ribbon cable.

I guess I am not sure what you meant by the new 80 pin connector. My hard drive has 40 pins and my ribbon cable is 40 pin...so the 80 comment confused me.
 

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OH...yes I am using an 80 wire ribbon cable. I have also removed the network card and sound card from the computer. The video is integrated. Am I looking at a bad motherboard by chance?
 
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