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    Hey all.

    i finally got some free time and started assembling and installing software on my computer... yes im just that slow and lazy.

    anyway, right away... first problem. the cheapo motherboard i bought some 1.5 years ago doesnt like the hard drive i picked up. on startup, it posts the bios version and ram test, but it hangs on the primary IDE... the damn hard drive. it works with my old 6.4 that i tossed on it, and i updated the bios... but still nothing on the new 60gig.

    mobo is a ECS P6LX-A+ (probably make an internet radio player out of it... or something)
    HD is a WD WD600 (i think that is the model #, definately a 60 gig though)

    i dont think the mobo is capable of handling the Ultra ATA HD... doh.

    so, i need to find a motherboard (pref ATX), that handles the HD i have, AND has an ISA slot for my soundcard (AWE 64 gold w/ RCA outs). as long as i can get a cheapo processor from ebay or the likes, it is all good.

    any suggestions???

    ~mike
    Single Member of the "1000 Post and No MP3 Car" Club
    PROJECT ON INDEFINATE HOLD... BOUGHT A HOUSE
    2000 Cavalier Z24 [###-------] Only 30% Done ... Still

  • #2
    Man, that thing is old!!! 3 ISA slots....Wow.

    Try using a 40 wire ribbon cable or the WD disk utility to make older computers see larger hard drives.

    Good luck
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Defiler
      Man, that thing is old!!! 3 ISA slots....Wow.

      Try using a 40 wire ribbon cable or the WD disk utility to make older computers see larger hard drives.

      Good luck
      Yeah, its old. i did manage to find an industrial mobo that is P4 with ISA slots. but it was a package deal for way too much $

      i tried the setup with just a bios update first, then i tried the WD floppy utility after that. it was still no-go. i might try the 40 wire, if i can find one in my box-o-crap.

      ~Mike
      Single Member of the "1000 Post and No MP3 Car" Club
      PROJECT ON INDEFINATE HOLD... BOUGHT A HOUSE
      2000 Cavalier Z24 [###-------] Only 30% Done ... Still

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      • #4
        I have a mobo for sale ->check my signature
        If you're interested i can make a deal, PM me if so


        EDITED: i just checked mine, same problem, sorry.
        Danny.

        "If today was perfect, there would be no need for tomorrow."
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        • #5
          dont know if this is your problem, but this made me frustrated forever. I had just gotten a new WD80GB and I could not get my PII mobo to see it, I updated the BIOS, used the hard drive utility etc. But it turned out it was the jumpers. there are 4 i think rather than the usual 3. depending on what other drives you have just make sure it is set properly
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          • #6
            I have an Abit P3 slot 1 Mobo (BX2 I think)and that Mobo can recognize the new WD 120G HD. I just plug in the Standard IDE and use 40wires cables. Those 80wires cable doesn't work. The moble can't recognize the HD if I use the 80wires cable but the 40wires one work well.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by MatrixPC
              I have an Abit P3 slot 1 Mobo (BX2 I think)and that Mobo can recognize the new WD 120G HD. I just plug in the Standard IDE and use 40wires cables. Those 80wires cable doesn't work. The moble can't recognize the HD if I use the 80wires cable but the 40wires one work well.
              hmmm... that would be the BX6

              ive been searching for a replacement today, and i think im going to go with an abit kt7a (or kt7). unless i can get it working with the 40 wire cable.

              ~mike
              Single Member of the "1000 Post and No MP3 Car" Club
              PROJECT ON INDEFINATE HOLD... BOUGHT A HOUSE
              2000 Cavalier Z24 [###-------] Only 30% Done ... Still

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              • #8
                i had the same problem with my P2 board, just get a PCI IDE controller, cheap, uses less CPU cycles than the onboard IDE, most likely will have a higher transfer rate than the onboard one, they can be had for less than $20

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Hcomplyr
                  i had the same problem with my P2 board, just get a PCI IDE controller, cheap, uses less CPU cycles than the onboard IDE, most likely will have a higher transfer rate than the onboard one, they can be had for less than $20
                  This is also true. BTW I would sell you my promise controler I just got with my new WD 160Gig. If your in the states I'll do $15 shipped.
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                  • #10
                    Why not dump the soundcard and go for mini-itx or micro-atx instead. These boards are so cheap you could use the spare money for a decent usb soundcard. Just thinking out loud here, but that is what i would do.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by cvi
                      Why not dump the soundcard and go for mini-itx or micro-atx instead. These boards are so cheap you could use the spare money for a decent usb soundcard. Just thinking out loud here, but that is what i would do.
                      because the soundcard that i have has RCA outputs. thats the reason i want to keep it.

                      i am thinking of getting the IDE controller now that i know they are relatively cheap.

                      ~Mike
                      Single Member of the "1000 Post and No MP3 Car" Club
                      PROJECT ON INDEFINATE HOLD... BOUGHT A HOUSE
                      2000 Cavalier Z24 [###-------] Only 30% Done ... Still

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Defiler
                        This is also true. BTW I would sell you my promise controler I just got with my new WD 160Gig. If your in the states I'll do $15 shipped.
                        i sent you an email today...

                        ~Mike
                        Single Member of the "1000 Post and No MP3 Car" Club
                        PROJECT ON INDEFINATE HOLD... BOUGHT A HOUSE
                        2000 Cavalier Z24 [###-------] Only 30% Done ... Still

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                        • #13
                          ECS Support blows.

                          I had a new defective mirco-atx mobo that was given to me from my old boss.

                          ECS gave me the run around for months in emails and phone calls and never returned my calls.

                          I hope ECS explodes, dies and shrivels away.

                          Just my opinion anyway...

                          -Mario

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