Long IDE detection times

Discussion in 'A+ Certification' started by Dave Hardenbrook, May 10, 2007.

  1. If at POST it takes a long time to detect the IDE devices (30 sec. or
    longer), is this a sign that the IDE controller is not long for this

    Dave Hardenbrook, May 10, 2007
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  2. Dave Hardenbrook

    Gerard Bok Guest

    Or one of the drives is POSTing it's imminent dismissal :)

    The answer is S.M.A.R.T.
    The drive is gonne tell you if its failing, the controller won't.
    Gerard Bok, May 10, 2007
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  3. It may just be how your POST handles the device load up and display of
    Check BIOS settings for anything that might turn off extended bootup.
    Sometimes this setting exists and
    people dont know its on.

    Jonathan.M.Barton, May 17, 2007
  4. Dave Hardenbrook

    Your name Guest

    Play with the master/slave jumper or take it completely off, that is what
    cured my long ide detection time.
    Your name, Jun 24, 2007
  5. Not necessarily. What it usually means is that you have an IDE device
    set for master and there is no slave device on that IDE channel.

    Check the documentation for that device as well as the physical cabling
    configuration and look to see if there is a "stand alone" or "master
    with no slave" option.

    The motherboard is trying to autodetect the device(s) on the IDE
    channel. If the master is optioned as if there is supposed to be a slave
    present, the IDE controller will keep looking fir the slave until it
    finally times out and moves on.

    John P. Dearing, Jun 26, 2007
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