this is really weird.
i have a Toshiba DVD-ROM on a PCI Parallel ATA controller card (Siig brand).
i wanted to disconnect it temporarily so i just unplugged the power connector, but left the IDE cable connected.
when i turned the computer on, WinXP hanged! it got to the WinXP Logo screen with the White-on-Black logo, but then the screen went dim (the WinXP logo on the black background was dim) and it hung!
tried safe mode, no dice same problem.
the IDE cable, and WinXP booted no problem!
just to check, i removed the power connector from a BenQ DVD burner on the motherboard controller (secondary slave) but left the IDE cable connected. Windows had no problem booting.
the problem happend only on the PCI controller card.
anyone ever seen such a thing before?
i mean, i disconnected the power to the drive. i was sure that for all purposes it's like the drive isn't there. but apparently not so.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the land of Mordor, where the Shadows lie
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