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WinXP comp won't boot up if no CD-R drive

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Hello,

I am puzzled by my problem.  I currently installed Windows XP and found out that my CD-R drive (HP 1700+, burns at 2x) is incompatible with my Windows XP.  

My configuration:
IDE1
MASTER: 30 GB HARD DRIVE
SLAVE:  HP CD-R

IDE2
MASTER: CD-ROM
SLAVE:  DVD-ROM

If I remove my HP CD-R, my computer will not boot up at all.  It says that it can not find my primary device (hard drive).  If I go into BIOS and set my secondary device from auto to none (IDE1), I can get only to safe mode of Windows XP.  I do not understand why this happens.  Can someone help me out?  Also the HP CD-R does not showup under Windows XP Device Manager.  I have removed it when I was in safe mode.
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In my opinion it is not a XP problem. It's a hardware problem.
Look harddisk jumpers configuration ...
If you remove your CD-R, there is no "slave" on your IDE channel. In this case harddisk configuration must be master without slave ....

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More information : follow this link
http://www.maxtor.com/Maxtorhome.htm

Note :
master without slave = single ...

mikecrIT Architect/Technology Delivery Manager
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Frache is absolutely correct, you normally have three drive settings, single, master, slave. Singe setting means it's the only thing on the IDE channel, master means a slave is present and slave is self explanatory. It used to be when a drive was hooked to the IDE, it was set to master and that was the default for one drive connections to the ide. Now, since normally you will only see two devices in a computer, hard drive and cdrom/dvd/cdrw, the manufacturers set a single standard since the other drives are installed on the secondary ide channel by themselves. This allows the system during boot to stop scanning at the first device on the channel because it will know that no other ones are present.

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