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2 CD-ROMs on same cable ?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Jakamoko, Jul 12, 2003.

  1. Jakamoko
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    There's no reason why 2 CD drives cant work on the same IDE channel, is there ???

    I'm getting some suspect probs after recent re-jig, and just wondered about this ... :?:
     
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  2. Phil
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    They should work fine, so long as one is master and the other slave. What sort of problems are you getting?
     
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  3. AndyL

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    I have two on the same channel - no problems.
     
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  4. Jakamoko
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    Yeah, thought that ... :roll:

    Just that I binned a drive a few weeks back that had been Secondary Master - giving me no end of grief, it was :snipersm:

    So I replaced it with another on the same position, while the Secondary Slave remained the same (working fine)

    That all worked fine for a week or so, and now the Master has "died" again - just wondering if it was a bit too much of a coincidence, or just right bad luck :(

    Cheers all
     
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    I also have 2 drives on 1 IDE channel working okay.

    I recently fixed a computer which couldn't see both drives by swapping the slave to master and master to slave.

    It might be worth giving it a try. :idea:
     
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  6. Nelix
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    I have ran 2 CD rom drives on one IDE channel for a couple of years no with problems, try what taz 69 said and let us know how you got on
     
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  7. Jakamoko
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    Cheers guys -

    I'll check all cable connections again, but I fear its looking like plain old bad luck - guess I won't back any horses this weekend :cry:

    Luck white heather, anyone ???


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  8. Phil
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    Was giving this a little thought while walking the mut yesterday, have you tried swapping the cable out?
     
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  9. Jakamoko
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    Phil (et al),

    'scuse the delayed response, but this is bugging me so much, I reckon I'm gonna haul the machine out this weekend and check the drive/cable config !

    I'm, sure it's too much coincidence that 2 drives fail on the same position on the same cable on the same channel :?: :?: :?:

    So tweezers out, jumpers at the ready, here I come ....
     
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  10. tripwire45
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    I agree with Phil...it could be the cable. Also, check the pins on the IDE controller to make sure none of them have been bent. I've gotten wierd responses on hard drives when that's happened. Just so I understand all this...you have one or two HDDs on one IDE controller and two CD-ROMs on the second IDE controller, right? The set up should work fine. The only obvious problem to avoid is to not mix an HDD and CD-ROM on the same controller...data transfer rates for the CD are slower generally. Also, while I'm thinking about it, recheck the jumper settings on both CD-ROMs to make sure one is clearly master and the other slave. If all else fails, check your BIOS and see if it supports master and slave drives...who knows?
     
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  11. Jakamoko
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    Thanks Trip - from memory, that is indeed the set-up, with jumpers checked out OK (the 2 CDs worked fine for a while, after all)

    I reckon a cable or pin prob, but given that I was at a wedding this weekend, all bets are off regarding opening up and messing with cables - I can barely steady my hands to type this, after all .... :gmorning
     
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    If I understand you right, hangovers and hardware don't mix. Wait until the throbbing in your head stops and your hands are steady again. Hope you had a good time.
     
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