Hi everyone, I am a newbie with an intermediate grasp of computer hardware. Let me explain my problem. I recently installed a new Sony NEC DVD Ram drive on my Dell 4600 using IDE connection. However XP didnt recognise the new drive so I rechecked the connections and they were fine. Then I began to notice a distinct slowness in applications, I checked and my cpu usage keeps shooting up to 100% despite the fact that I may have just a single browser window running. Next thing I did was upgrade my system Bios to latest version and flashed the drive with its latest firmware, but still XP didnt recognise the drive. So I checked the Bios and even though I have Sata enabled the Bios says device unknown.
Now When i boot the system i get a message saying;
SATA Primary Drive 0 Not Found
SATA Secondary Drive 0 Not Found
Strike F1 to continue
This is weird as all my drives are IDE connections not SATA. I have scanned for any virus that may be hijacking the cpu but none showed up.
So to summarize;
1) Installed DVD Ram Drive
2) Drive not showing up in XP or Bios
3) CPU Usage shooting to 100%, rarely falls below 40%
4) Upgraded Bios to latest from Dell
5) Flashed the DVD Ram Drive with latest firmware
6) When system boots SATA Drives not found message appears
One last thing, my RAM failed during this period so I purchased two new 1GB sticks and installed them with no problems. I am concerned that the RAM died at same time I installed the DVD Ram Drive. But it may be coincidence. Any help or suggestions would be great.