View Full Version : No 80 conductor cable installed message

01-12-2003, 02:27 PM
Chaintech 6asa4 m/b
Western Digital wd100ba 10gig hdd
I get this message at boot time from bios
"Primary ide channel no 80 conductor cable installed"

It does have a 80 pin cable!!!

Help please

01-12-2003, 02:37 PM
Is the cable installed backwards, or is it damaged? Not plugged in properly?

All factors which might need checking (you might have done it already though).

01-12-2003, 03:54 PM
Hi rmcb!

Have you tried the cable on another IDE channel?
Also try to get your BIOS to auto-detect the drive. Have ytou updtaed your BIOS?

Hope this helps!

01-12-2003, 05:01 PM
In the short term I'd stay away from flashing the BIOS.

01-12-2003, 05:43 PM
The bios is set to auto detect ide1&2, master and slave.
The cable has a tab on it so it can't be plugged into the m/b the wrong way, and red stripe nearest power connector on hdd.
Same problem occurs on ide channel 2.
The hdd is detected by bios as the correct model number etc.
I have swapped the cable end for end etc.
Perhaps a jumper on the hdd???
I have not flashed the bios.

01-12-2003, 10:15 PM
I'm assuming that the PC still boots and that you just get the message. If so go out and buy another cable but get one of the rounded ones. You get a better airflow. I also notice it is a 10Gig HD which may not support it. They came out before the 80pin cables.

02-12-2003, 09:31 AM
Got it working guys!!
Noticed the different colloured plugs on the cable and put then in their correct places
Thanks for the help