Thank you guys for the responses. I will check for the IDE 80 connecter cable and check the BIOS. I have a
Dell E510 Pentium 4 3.00Ghz
1gig DDR2-533 RAM (2X256 Dell )(2X256 Corsair)
purchased in Dec 2005. Will the IDE cable be the problem? I am also wondering because it was my first time installing the DVD drive, that I might have bended the IDE cable, will that also affect the performance?
Another thing I noticed, is that I have two drives, a DVD-ROM that came with the Dell originally and this Samsung DVD burner. In the DVD-ROM, I noticed the jumper was set to CABLE-SELECT. When I first installed by burner, I didn't set the jumper correctly, (it was originally set to MASTER), as a result, when I booted my comp, it took forever.
(Just to describe the connection a bit. The IDE cable connecting to both drives and the motherboard has 2 connecters to the 2 drives. Longer connecter is connected to the DVD-ROM, the shorter one is connected to the DVD-burner.)
I then changed the jumper setting of my burner to CABLE-SELECT. My comp boots fine now. I am wondering, would setting both drives as CABLE-SELECT be a problem? Or should I just set on drive to be MASTER and one to be SLAVE?
Again, thank you all for the helpful responses. I just want to narrow down the problem at this point.
Also, if I need to replace the IDE cable, anyone have any recommendations as to where to purchase it or what type? Does it need to be right for the model of my Dell or can it just be some random 80 connecter IDE cable?