Intel SE440BX IDE controller with Maxtor/Seagate drive (problem??)
Posted on 1998-12-28
I'm having a rather odd problem with an Intel SE440BX motherboard and the built-in IDE controller.
For some reason I cannot connect a Maxtor 90840D6 as a master on IDE controller 0 and a Seagate ST36451A as a slave on IDE controller 1. IDE controller 1 also has a ASUS CD-S360 CD-ROM drive as a master. This is the necessary configuration I require.
With the above configuration, the Seagate is *not* detected! However, the Seagate can be a master on IDE controller 1 and then all three devices are detected. The only other configuration that seems to work is if the Seagate is master and the Maxtor is a slave on IDE controller 0.
The bottom line is that the Seagate must be a master in all cases to be detected!
I've never experienced anything like this before. What is the problem? Why can't the Seagate work as a slave on IDE controller 1?
I'm not certain if this is/was an Intel board problem, at least, not until the following error message began appearing:
Expansion ROM not initialized - PCIMass Storage Controller
BUS: 00, Device: 0D, Function: 00
F1 - continue F2 - setup
Hitting F1 just yields a blank screen...not even a boot up from a floppy disk.
This error now occurs consistently after any hd/cd configuration. It began to occur after trying a number of different options.
Help... Any ideas?
p.s. One possible fix is to 'Ghost' the seagate data to another drive and ditch this Seagate....but I want to know why this is happening??????