IDE not enabled/working correctly RC415ST

BIOS update, EIDE card, or overlay software? (FAQ Hard disk recognition)
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say42
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Sun Jul 31, 2011 4:23 pm

I have reset the BIOS on a ECS RC415ST-HM motherboard used in a HP 3705.fr PC (HP refer to the motherboard as Alhena5. ) and now nothing connected to the single IDE connector is recognised. I have tried 2 CD drives and 1 hardisk. There are 2 SATA connectors on the motherboard and 1 is working.

Whilst trying the CD drives, I did get a couple of messages at one point referring to the master (or slave) not being ATAPI compatible so I assume that means the IDE socket is not 100% dead.

I need to get a CD drive working so I can do a fresh Windows install.

The BIOS is AMI 5.14 Core 08.00.13 from 11/2007, there is no BIOS update available on the HP site.

Does anyone have any ideas of anything I could try ? I have tried all the various options in the BIOS setup program but perhaps someone knows the magic combinations.

Thanks in advance
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Sun Jul 31, 2011 5:01 pm

Yep, took some thinking. The only OS listing a bios update is Vista, but it is there:
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/soft ... 8&sw_lang=
Time to flash the proper OEM bios back instead of the retail ECS and get your IDE port back working....
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cp
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Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:22 am

Can you please connect a CDROM to the IDE port and boot a recent Linux installation medium (via USB, HDD, PXE, ...)
Report back with the dmesg (type 'dmesg' in a shell) output.
If you email me include [WIMSBIOS] in the subject.
say42
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Thu Oct 13, 2011 3:31 pm

Late Update

In the end I installed a SATA CD drive and installed from that.

Apologies for not updating the entry but once the PC was working I got caught up in other stuff that was waiting
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