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I have a WD 160GB drive and the bios reports no 80 conductor cable installed. I have tried the one that came with my mobo, and another (round aftermarkt) that says "ATA 100/133" on it. Shouldn't one or both of these be 80 conductor? If the are, why would I still get the error?
 

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what i think it is is the IDE cable i could be wrong though, if you using a older type of IDE cable it comes up, i noticed this with my dads computer, i tried my IDE cable and the message went, so thats what i think it is.<br><br>
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Well if it says ATA 100/133 would that be a 80 cond. cable? (Anjokid, you got ur yahoo or msn on?)
 

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Flash the BIOS...that should fix it
 

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Just flashed it to most recent (0601) and still there. I suppose I will try local shop for a cable that is definately 80 cond.
 

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You'll be surprise at the difference the cables make...I used a ATA133 cable from RadioShack on my HD on my Atlon (round,insulated)...and verses my old flat cable...the transfer was like 6 seconds to BIOS and like 10 to Windows..<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb"><br>
Must be aerodynamics and heat exposure...but it works.<br>
The cable was like 14 bucks...my DFI cables are pretty good too...but switching them is another project.<br>
Also...my DFI SATA cables provide a faster burst than my MSI SATA cable...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">
 

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So if my cable says ATA 100/133 does that mean its an 80 cond. cable? That is what I an running ATM, and still have error.
 

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If your drive is ay ATA150...then yes that will create a transfer problem...<br>
Between the board and the drive ofcourse...<br>
Can you boot to the BIOS?<br>
1) Check and make sure DMA is enabled<br>
2) If not...enable it<br><br>
Can you boot to WINDOWS?<br>
1) goto device manager and see if the ATA drivers were installed with your chipset driver install<br>
2) If it is set to any other mode that the required for your drive...apply it and set a System Restore.
 

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Can boot to windows, all seems to work ok. How do I know if the right ATA drivers are installed?
 

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yes an ATA 100/133 cable has 80 cond. cable have you tried your other IDE connection on the mobo? and did you check the bios settings, something in the hard drive options like UDMA 6.....the drivers are located in the N-Force driver installation from Nvidia....
 

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Should look like this...<br>
Under IDE ATA/ATAPI drive you should see the driver selection.
 

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I have a WDC1600JB, what should BIOS settings be for it? 160GB drive. I am a HDD n00b. Thanks for the help...
 

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ATA 133...Ultra or Parallel DMA<br>
Depending on chipset version...
 
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Chipset is nForce4.
 

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Yes, definely.<br>
40 cond. cable is larger, and uses 40 wires, compared to a 80 cond. cable.<br>
You will run ATA33/66 if it can't spot a cond. 80 cable, because if it ran ATA100+ with a 40 cond. cable, each cable would infere with eachother.<br>
So yes, if your cable says ATA133, it MUST be a 80 cond. cable. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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page 92 chapter 4.3.5 and page 109 this should help you out for bios settings<br><br><a href="http://dlsvr01.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/socket775/P5ND2-SLI/e2167_p5nd2-sli_series_b.pdf" target="_blank">http://dlsvr01.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/...i_series_b.pdf</a>
 

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OK, thanks all. Cable is definately good. Reinstalled the nVidia chipset drivers, still same error. BIOS reports UMDA 5. Just found in the manual that it says the gray connector is for the master, and the black connector is for the slave. Does this sound right?
 

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the connection on the end of the IDE cable is master the other one is slave fit the connector with the longest end in the mobo
 

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That is what I thought. That is how it was too. Right now there is only a 1 drive cable in there. PC Wizard 2006 reports:<br>
UDMA Mode max. : 5 (ATA-100)<br>
UDMA Mode Enabled : 5 (ATA-100)
 
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