I have 4 Samsung CD-RW drives on my PC… or rather I’m trying to get them to work… here’s what happened:
I put my HDD and Phase Drive (some magneto optical drive) on the mobo’s primary channel. 2 CD-RW drives on the secondary. I put in a CMD649 RAID card and plugged in the other 2 CD-RW drives, one to each channel. On booting up, the system POSTs, then starts to load the CMD 649 bios. It then proceeds to detect the drives on the card. The first line says Primary Channel and then the PC will hang there. What gives?
I tried other permutations:
Put both drives on the primary channel of the card.
Put only one drive on the primary channel of the card. (i.e. only 3 drives)
In these 2 cases, I get the same problem - PC hangs at exactly the same point mentioned above.
- Put both drives on the secondary channel of the card.
In this case, the primary channel reports no devices installed, while the secondary channel (after a delay of like 20 secs) reports only one of 2 devices hooked on. In Windows, at my first attempt at this setup, I saw 3 CD-RW drives. I could do an eject of the trays using the OS.
I later reverted back to 1 drive per channel but the same problem arose - hanging after the words “primary channel” appeared.
I then reverted to setup 3. This time, something curious happened. I was able to see the 3rd drive (i.e. the master drive on the secondary channel of the card) only for a short while (like 20-30sec). I tried to get the drive to eject the tray but then the icon for this drive disappeared altogether! Subsequent reboots failed to bring this 3rd drive back… might this be due to Windows not liking the numerous changes in hardware config?? I have not yet activated this install of Windows as it is was a fresh one.
In summary, my two drives on the mobo presented no problems throughout this. I saw the 3rd drive (card, primary, master) only once in Windows and never got the 4th drive detected.
Any advice how to get the whole thing to work?
Thanks a million!