I installed a second hdd on my other ide channel, its from an old dell computer. An inspiron 2100. I have tried every jumper setting listed on the hdd, and even the original setting, no jumpers. It wont show up in the computer. Its not dead, because it worked on the dell. Its a 20gig maxtor. The power is plugged in, and Ive tried out other matrox connectors, but if it is powered its not showing up.
Erm...the Inspiron 2100 is a notebook. That being the case, I assume you're using a 2.5 to 3.5" IDE drive adaptor? Could be that it's faulty.
sorry, I meant dimension, sorry about that
Have you tried any other drives on the secondary channel? If the old HDD worked in the Dell, there's a possibility that the problem lies in one of your IDE channels.
Try this: Swap the main (booting) HDD with the old Dell one, making sure to duplicate all jumper positions. If it sees it and attempts to boot (assuming it doesn't have an OS installed you'll likely be greeted with an "Invalid Boot Disk" error, but that doesn't matter) then the problem is with one of the IDE channels, if not then the drive is probably dead.
Ive had stuff on the second channel before with no problem. When I tried turning on the old dell it wouldn't even post. Could this have something to do with the compressed air I sprayed on it when I opened it up to get the hdd out? Also, could it be that I am connecting it to an lcd through vga and its integrated gfx can't handle it?
Erm, what monitor it's hooked up to shouldn't make the slightest difference.
I'd be more worried about that can of compressed air you were spraying around. If you managed to get some dust into the drive mechanism or onto the disk platters it would explain why it doesn't work. In any case if it didn't work in the Dell then the drive is almost certainly dead.
well, its working, I just didn't pay enough attention to the jumper settings, there were additional instructions that I didn't see. Damn 1pt font.