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I recently began building a computer for the first time. I had succesfully upgraded numerous times and had a few books on building a computer and thought I'd give it a try. However when I got the computer together and turned it on I realized that the hard drive, and cd drives were not powered up. After attempting different power supplies and memory modules, I narrowed the problem to the IDE connectors. I realized that when I unplugged the IDE cable from the back of the drives they then powered up, however when they were plugged in I got no power. So I though that perhaps the IDE connectors on the motherboard were faulty so I even got a new motherboard but I still have the same problem. I've checked the jumper settings on the board and the cables are all connected. Do you have any ideas about what could be wrong? Any advice would be greatly appricated. Thanks

George Shaffer


This question was answered on February 15, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Try looking at this illustrated site, might hellp:

P.S it definately sounds like your IDE cable's not working or is plugged in wrong.

good luck,


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Posted by Alex of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 15, 2003