I'm trying to install a new hd but i can't because one ide ribbon is hooked to my cdrw and the dvd-ROM.an the other is hooked to my hd and my dvdrw and the third on is hooked straight to the floppy.and all the ribbons are token up.how can i hook the new hd up
You have a Primary and a Secondary IDE channel with a maximum of 2 devices per channel.
Saying that, I had a M/B once that had a primary & a secondary IDE channel, but then it also had an IDE Raid giving you another primary and secondary channel.
jayder, if your motherboard has SATA, see if you can change your HD. If this isn't possible look into buying an IDE controller card. This would give you another primary/secondary set of channels. I've seen these starting at less than £10.
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS