what i meant was that i physically plugged the IDE cable in backwards. this is how it should be:
i plugged it in backwards like this:
this was when i first started learning about computers. i don't know what the hell, but it still worked Dave. my computer was a 1Ghz athlon, the mobo was...umm, brown with KT in the modelname, i can't remeber it was so old. its still being used my my sister at her Uni.