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03-23-2001, 10:10 AM
I just installed an internal zip drive that I got from Directron.com last night. I was very leary cause I never done that before. Got it in okay, put everything back together and now my computer won't turn on!!! I was too tired to open it up again, but has anyone ever had that problem.
FYI, I connected the IDE cable into the zip drive, the CD-ROM drive and the motherboard. The only other thing that can be wrong is that there was a sticker on it that indicated that it was a "slave" drive and the manual said to make sure it is configured as a "cable select" drive. Now a friend of mine said there would be a switch, but I didn't see one. Do you think that's why it didn't turn on?? I need to get it on by Sunday AM.
03-23-2001, 10:26 AM
There should be little jumpers on the back of the drive, near where the IDE cable plugs in. Look for a little plastic jumper that connects two pins, with a few open sets of pins around it. The manual should tell you which set of pins the jumper needs to be on. Odds are, right now it's on a set of pins that causes a conflict in the system, thus the pc not starting.
Also doublecheck to make sure you have the IDE cable on the right way. Some of them don't have a blocked pin, or a notch, to make sure it goes in the right way. If it's on wrong, that could cause your pc not to start.
To start with, just unplug the zip drive, power and IDE, and then make sure your system starts up. if it does, then you just need to doublecheck the jumper location, and the IDE cable. Get those right, and you should be ok.
03-23-2001, 10:32 AM
If it is set to master or cable select, make sure it is on the first connector of the IDE cable. If it is set to slave, make sure it is on the middle detector.
however, that shouldn't prevent the computer from turning on.
so check to see that the power lead to the motherboard in still connected firmly. also check to make sure you didn't accidently shut off the power supply using the switch on the back of the PC, or accidenly unplugged the leads that go from teh power switch in the front of the PC to the motherboard. Make sure too that the red line for the IDE cable and the red lead from the Power lead to the drive face each other - you may have one of them backwards.
03-23-2001, 10:35 AM
First you need to trouble shoot that you didn't mess up something else. Unhook the power from the zip drive and try to turn on the computer. If it works normally then work on trouble shooting the zip otherwise there is a whole host of things you might have done. Make sure all power conectors are attached properly including any "jumpers" for the main switch and reset buttons.
If you're sure its a problem with the zip drive instal, just remember:
1) every ide device has a master and slave jumper setting.
2) Only two drives can be on one cable, they cannot be set to the same setting.
I usually have the hard drive alone if I have 3 ide devices.
03-24-2001, 06:05 PM
Yeah, I needed to set the drive to cable select by pulling out the little "thingys" and putting them in the right positions. Although, I do have the middle connector of the IDE cable into the zip (the first in the CD rom).
At any rate, I'm up and running. I don't think I should have any more problems.
Thank you all for your responses.
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