I just picked up a 1997 gateway 233mhz MMX Pentium80MB Ram with 1) 2GB H.D. set as Primary ( Both Hard Drive are Western Digital Caviar's) and 1) 6GB H.D. set as storage and attached to a PCI 33Mhz bus card and plugged into IDE 1... The Cd-Rom Drive is attached with the jumper setting of slave off of the ribbon cable that goes to the 2GB H.D. which according to Fdisk utility and Bios is being treated as the primary IDE drive the DVDRom as slave then the 2GB being reported as secondary IDE drive. The DVD-Rom is a toshiba SDM1001 model (I am pretty sure this is the model it is an older drive not currently listed on their website)
the thing that makes no sense to me is the H.D. being plugged into this card because the harddrive could be plugged direct to the the motherboard so I disconnected the H.D. from the PCI card and plugged direct to the mother board.
I have a Windows 98 Startup Disk. which works fine I was able to Fidsk both drives because the 6GB had been turned into a EXT-DOS drive (I believe this is what it is called) and had 3 logical partitions on it each being 2GB i blew away all the partitions. and formatted the drive and then made a primary dos partition then went to the 2GB H.D. and did the same thing rebooted formatted the drives.
Put in the startup disk rebooted...
It goes through assigning the drive letters Now here is where something weird happens the diskette drive (A: drive ) their is only one of them but is accessible by either typing a: or b: in dos c: is the 2GB H.D. D: is the 6GB H.D. e: becomes the logical RamDrive and then F: or G: becomes the DVD-Rom drive now it assigns the letter Bios detects the CD-Rom drive when it boots it reports the two hard drives and the DVD-Rom drive yet when i type F: it goes to F: in dos but when i try to access the drive by typing DIR or anything it comes up with
CDR101 Error Drive not ready reading drive F:
Abort, Retry, Fail
when I hit try Retry it automatically comes back with the error message it does not attempt to read the drive.
the light on the front of the drive remains amber colored-solid now if I pop out the drive door then hit R for retry it waits until I pop back in the door then the CD is spun the amber light flashes. then the amber light becomes solid the cd stops spinning and the error message comes back
so therefore I cannot install the Windows 98 O.S. at all
I went to toshiba.com and installed the dos based drivers for the DVD rom it does the same thing still. I now have an autoexec.bat File and so forth which was created by the Toshiba dos program. I also tried setting the DVD-Rom drive jumpers as master and another setting which is CSEL i tried all of these master or CSEL does not work only Slave works when set.
So what is the problem here any ideas ? bad drive or am i having ID-10-T Error ?