Thanks for the input. I have this thread running in another forum, I'm going to post my response in a second, see what you guys here can make of it. Again, I really appreciate this.
<div class=note2><b>Quote:</b> (Goobs @ May 23 2007, 09:55 AM)<br><br>On older systems you had to go into the bios and either input the drive specifications or choose "auto" to automatically detect the harddrive settings, then Save (F10), Exit. Maybe somewhere along the way the setting were lost.
Personally I would try jumping both the harddrive and cd rom to Master and have them on their own IDE channel.</div>
yeah, I tried that and it didn't work. Currently the hdd and the cd are both set to master and each have their own channel and own cable. I have it already set to "auto" in bios and it doesn't work.
I took some shots of the bios and will upload them in a minute. The first shot is the standard cmos setup with everything set to auto and nothing being detected. the second shot is setting the type to "user" and I get some values under "LANDZ". As you can see, stuff like cylinders and whatnot are set to 0 and it highlights them as if I have to put the values myself. How would I go about doing so?
(little blurry, but readable)
I'm concerned with two scenarios:
1) The IDE plugs are on backwards. The ide plugs have no indication as to which way to go in. They are simply rectangular. My new system has like a shaft on the side of the female and male plug so as to indicate the orientation in which the plug should be plugged in, whereas this old one doesn't.
2) A faulty IDE controller is possible, but I doubt it, because it worked before I took the computer apart and I was extra careful in avoiding static.
Thanks for the input guys. I really appreciate it and I'd really like to have this work out.