ShdwDmn

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Okay, I'm building my first computer, and it's got an ECS Nforce 570 SLIT-A V5.1 Motherboard, I've put in a Core 2 Duo 2.13 GHz CPU and I have several grapchics cards including 2 NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS's, 2 Jaton Corporation Video-228PCI cards, and a V-Stream 88XDV_TV card. the case is powerd by a 680 watt power supply, amd has 4 fans
I have 2 500 Gigabyte Western Digital Serial-ATA HDD's and 3 Lite-On Brand CD drives (first one is a DVD-ROM and CD-RW) second a d CD/DVD burner, and 3rd a CD/DVD burner w/ Lightscribe. All of the Optical drives are IDE, the first one is the Master on the Primary IDE and the second is the slave on the primary IDE, the 3rd is the Master and the only drive on the secondary IDE.

I have not loaded any operating system onto this yet (witch I would very much like to do at this point) because the BIOS/CMOS cannot detect any of the IDE drives, but can detect the 2 Serial ATA drives.

I need to know either
A.) why it cannot detect the cd drives

Thank you to anyone who can help me with my problem
 

oo7_warhammer

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plug your 1st dvdrom in first on top part of ide cable, insert your winxp cd (hdd not connected)
Does this load the windows install setup?
if yes connect hdd and try again
if not working check cmos setting for hdd write mode - IDE or RAID
to install windows on HDD your sata hdd must be on IDE mode or you will prolly get a "no system disk - insert system disk and press any key" message
 

speedemon

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How exactly do you have the optical drive's hooked up? Is it on the primary or secondary IDE connector? are the drive/s both on a single cable , if not where on the cable are they connected ? on the end or the middle? also please try to explain the jumper settings you have selected

Thanx
 

NotSoSober

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First of all, s-ata drives and p-ata drives as far as I know are both Integrated Device Electronics (IDE) type drives, just the interface is different.

Some p-ata cables can be installed the wrong way, check that the red or colored wire on the cable matches pin 1 on the motherboards socket. It should also match pin 1 on the drives (should be closer to the drives power cable).
 

ShdwDmn

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Just to let everyone know, the probelm was that i had the IDE's in backwards from what I thought I did, I switched them around and used the cable that came with the mobo on the primary IDE header and the one i bought on the secondary IDE header, I appreciate everyones help