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I'm trying to upgrade a friend's Packard Bell Legend 695 Supreme computer system.  It didn't have a sound card or CD rom.  He wanted the hard drive reformatted so that went fine.  The problem is trying to get the CD rom installed and working properly so I can install Windows 95 and his new sound card drivers.  There is only 1 IDE spot on his motherboard which his hard drive is using.  I picked up a dual ribbon cable to hook up his hard drive and his CD Rom to the same IDE slot.  I went into the Phoenix bios 1.03 but can't find where I can make the CD Rom a primary slave drive.  The only thing in his bios SETUP program is a place where you can configure two hard drives.  If anyone has any suggestions for configuring his CD Rom I'd sure appreciate it.  Thank you.
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by:Cooler
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Most CD ROM drives are configurable without changing BIOS settings. There should be a jumper setting on the drive itself which sets
    whether it is a slave or master drive.
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by:Smitty103097
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I've tried putting the jumper in all 3 positions on the back of the CD Rom with negative results.  The system continues to say no valid device driver selected.  Here is the setup:

The hard drive and CD Rom and connected together into a single IDE slot on the motherboard.

The jumper on the rear of the CD Rom is on SL (slave)

I ran the CD Rom setup disk from A:

System was rebooted and a message says:
"C:\SAMSUNG\MSCDEX /D:SSCD000  
Device driver not found:  'SSCD000'  
No valid CDROM device drivers selected"

I hope this helps.

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by:bedhead
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There are jumper settings on the back of most hard drives also.  You should make sure the hard drive is set as Master and not single.

Also, make sure driver files have all been stuck in the SAMSUNG directory.  I was having a similar problem installing drivers for a new cd-rom, the setup program didn't copy the files into a the directory where the path it had told it to look for the driver.  I had to manually copy the mscdex file into the right directory.

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by:Smitty103097
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I just check the jumpers on the hard drive and it is set as "stand alone".  Do I need to make set them for "master" instead if I'm going to have the CD Rom on the same ribbon cable?

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by:MasseyM
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Make sure the master is at the middle position in the ribbon... Kinda dumb, but that worked one for me... Attach the CD to the end...

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by:BlackDeath
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yo, smitty:

a) HD jumper 2 "master" and CD jumper 2 "slave" OR
b) HD jumper 2 "cable select" and CD jumper 2 "cabler select" and HD in the middle and CD at the end of cable (cable select mostly marked as c/s
)

und in your config.sys is a line
"device = ...\atapi_cd.sys /d:SSCD000"
where SSCD000 is referring to autoexec.bat's:
"mscdex /d:SSCD000"
(must not b atapi_cd.sys)

if these device descriptors r not the same, mscdex can't connect 2 the device specified as SSCD000, because there's no driver with that name installed...

was that it?

Black Death.


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> I just check the jumpers on the hard drive
> and it is set as "stand alone".
> Do I need to make set them for "master" instead
> if I'm going to have the CD Rom on the same ribbon cable?

Yes.  

Since you want the CD & the disk to "share" the IDE channel,
using "stand-alone" is incorrect.

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by:Smitty103097
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That was it!   The entire problem was in the jumper settings on the hard drive.  Unbelievable.  Thanks again guys.  You were all very helpful.
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