What other subject line could I give to this schmozzle?
Dell Dimension 8100, XP Pro. DVD-ROM and 40GB HD0 came
standard. Several months ago, I added a CD-RW drive, and everything seemed to swim along fine. Two months ago-ish, I added a
second 60GB HD. Surprisingly enough, that installation seemed to also go without a hitch.
A few weeks ago, I
started having problems with my two removeable media drives disappearing, usually after a disc was removed from the DVD-ROM
drive. Checking in My Computer, both drives were gone. Rebooting brought them back. Occasionally, the drives would disappear
in the middle of playing Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 - a real bummer if I was on a real tear. Anyway, I digress...
Tonight I check the Event Viewer | System log. 'Midst several other crazy errors (another post in another forum at another
time, I suppose), it seems that my ACPI Bios was trying to reach illegal resources, in that it shouldn't have been checking
up on my drives when it was. Random minutes later, two error events that each drive was suddenly removed without being
properly stopped. I check up on the ACPI error, and the recommendation is to update my BIOS. Makes sense, the 8100 originally
had W2K installed.
So I update the BIOS. After successfully updating, the first error message is a Plug and Play
Error - no boot. I assume now that at least one of my drive additions is causing conniptions. Three finger salute, reboot,
and I at least get some of the BIOS post messages, but the error soon arrives that "Secondary Drive 0" is not recognized - F1
to continue or F2 to enter the setup utility.
Ah, the BIOS setup utility. The first time through, I see that
Primary Drive 0 is properly recognized as a Hard Drive (thanks goodess), Primary Drive 1 is Unknown, Secondary Drive 0 is
Unknown and Secondary Drive 1 is Unknown. I set Primary Drive 1 (my second hard drive, correct?) to Auto, Save + Exit, and
boot to Windows. My Computer shows me both hard drives okelly dokely but no removeable media drives, so I restart.
Same error message. BIOS utility shows both Primary Drives recognized as Hard Drives, but the Secondary Drives are the
same. Boot to Windows, same story.
This time, before I boot up, I power off and remove the power cord from the
CD-RW drive, thinking that if I start unplugging things that will help. No dice, same BIOS error and display in the utility,
same results in Windows. On the next boot, I've disconnected the power from the DVD-ROM drive - SAME ERROR.
could continue randomly plugging and unplugging things for fun, but hopefully in this rambling tale one or more of you
Hardware Loungers has enough info to give me more of a clue than I've got (which is none). While I wait for salvation, I
think I'll drown myself in examining the System Device Manager. I probably have more exclamation points than an NewLounger's
first post after discovering the Smilies applet.