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I am running a Dell Desktop, with Win 2000, and the A09 revision of the BIOS.  I have had a it running perfectly with 2 cd drives and one harddrive set to master, with the secondary hard drive set to off in the BIOS.  I just put another hard drive in, and it causes the computer to boot via MBA.  I have tried the jumper settings (http://www.maxtor.com/_files/maxtor/en_us/documentation/jumper_settings/style_a1.htm) , but I cant set the secondary one to slave because there is a little piece of plastic covering the upper right pin.  Any ideas?
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by:tmj883
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Dell generally uses Cable Select jumpering for all drives...give it a try...suggest both HHDs on the Primary IDE(cable position will determine the Master/Slave relation). And likewise for the cd drives on the Secondary IDE channel. T
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by:zixp
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Yeah, cable select for Maxtor HDDs is done by just pulling out the jumper. I have done that and then it doesnt recognise either drive.  When the one with the OS is set to master it recognises it, but still goes to MBA
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by:zixp
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Im sorry, I just tried again with both on Cable Select, and I dont get an error, but it says "Error Loadin OS"
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by:tmj883
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Drive position on the cable may be incorrect, the Master position in Cable select is at the End, the Slave position is the Middle connector. Your cdroms should also be configured as such. T
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by:tmj883
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Sure you are interpreting the diagrams at the link you provided correctly, J48 is CLOSED for cable select. T
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by:zixp
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I know from past experiance that no jumper is cable select (Maxtor or Dell Rep, I dont remember which one)
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by:rid
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That doesn't match with info on the link you gave. That document says CS requires a jumper. The position on the cable then determines master and slave.
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by:jarich
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No jumpers at all would be setting both drives to slave position.
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What I have been doing is setting the one with the OS to master and the secondary one to CS, because the pin on the upper right is closed off by a piece of plastic, so I can set it to slave.  I have tried setting the first to master and the second to nothing, both to nothing, both to CS, and I almost always get the error that it doesnt find HDD 0 OR 1, but if the first is master and the second is nothing it just doesnt find HDD 1, but it still goes to MBA.
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If I just plug in the secondary drive and not the primary one, I get the same error "Error Loading OS" as I do when I have the primary one set to master, and the scondary one with no jumper. As of now the primary one is at the middle of the cable, and the secondary one is at the end, but I have tried it the other way as well
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It seems to have fixed itself

Drive 1, with OS (middle of cable) (CS): http://www.maxtor.com/_files/maxtor/en_us/documentation/jumper_settings/style_a1.htm
Drive 2, w/o OS (end of cable) (CS): http://www.maxtor.com/_files/maxtor/en_us/documentation/jumper_settings/style_a2.htm

BIOS Setting:
Primary Drive 0: Hard Drive
Primary Drive 1: OFF <-where the second HDD is
Secondary.......
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