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    Device Recognition Problems

    Can (older) Western Digital hard drives be make to run without EZ-BIOS? I suspect EZ is creating a LOT of problems with my machine, vis., POST will not complete unless a CD drive is connected to IDE 1 as a slave!!! With the CD in place POST will complete and show all drives. But the system will not boot with C: (command.com and hidden files are there.) Then after installing the CD drive drivers the POST will show drive E: but will not access the files (error CDR001 cannot read from E<img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>. Yes I've flashed the hardware BIOS with the latest update, yes the cables and jumpers are in the correct places. This problem requires a master tech I think...
    Andy

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    Re: Device Recognition Problems

    Yes. EZ-Bios gets around deficiencies in system BIOS. If you can use a modern large drive system in a system, then, you should be able to use an older drive.

    FDISK /MBR will remove EZ-BIOS.

    The symptoms you are describing make me think you have other problems. Maybe a flaky IDE controller.

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    Re: Device Recognition Problems

    Andy the fact that POST will only complete if the cd drive is connected to IDE1 as a slave sounds like a jumper problem on the hard disk. If it is configured as a master and on its own it may not work. Some drives have a separate setting for being the only drive on the cable. I suggest you check the jumpers against the settings printed on thge hard disk.

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    Re: Device Recognition Problems

    Western Digital Hard Drives have SEPARATE settings for Master (usually 5 to 6 jumper) and STANDALONE (i.e. no slave on the same cable - no jumper or 3 to 5 jumper). On the modern motherboards CABLE SELECT (1 to 2 jumper) works fine in all configurations. You need to install EZ-DRIVE when you install large HDD on older motherboards (not capable to recognize HDD bigger than 2 GB). On the modern motherboards you really don't need it.

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