First post, by retro games 100
Mobo: GA-6BXC. Problem: Windows Explorer either freezes when launched, or freezes when D: (CD/DVD) is accessed.
I've tried - 2 different ribbon cables, 2 different DVD-ROM 'basic reader' drives, master in secondary IDE and also slave in primary IDE, 2 different HDDs.
The BIOS POST identifies the DVD-ROM device OK, then reports: CD-ROM, Mode 4. Is mode 4 correct? I've also tried disabling UDMA. The BIOS is dated 2000 and something - that should be good enough. The only thing I haven't tried is using an actual CD-ROM drive, and not a DVD-ROM drive, but my other slot 1 boards can handle a DVD-ROM drive just fine.
Any ideas please people? 😀
Edit: Solved - I tried a 3rd cable, and the BIOS POST now reports the drive as: CD-ROM, UDMA 2. Also, at the same time, my trusty DVD-RW which I have been using for many months has failed, and I think that added to the confusion.
Edit 2: It seems that my DVD-RW disc had gone "bad". It cannot be read any more. Looking carefully at the "read/write side" of the disc, there's a small area where the dye has vanished. Leaving this disc inside my DVD-ROM reader, and booting-up my slot 1 mobo, this confused it and consequently the entire DVD-ROM device became unusable. I think that's interesting. I thought the mobo's IDE port was faulty. Or maybe the ribbon cable. But it was just the DVD-RW disc. The thing is, I did try other pressed CDs, and they didn't work. They didn't work, because I had booted-up with the "bad" DVD-RW disc in the drive.