I am currently repairing a clients PC - His original problem was that the CDRW/DVDRW Combo stopped working. It is a HP slimline PC. The Hard Drive is SATA and the Optical Drive is PATA. I changed the Motherboard, because originally I thought that the IDE channel was bad.
Now when Windows starts, I only get the animated bar, and that stops and the computer just locks up. If I start in safe mode Windows loads. What is funny if I disable the PATA port it loads fine and it shows up in Windows and works fine.
Has anyone ever heard of this, I thought that once you disable a port or channel in BIOS it would not even show in Windows ... I am a bit confused here.
Please help if you can give me any insight as to why this may be occuring.