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Hi, First, I would check the bios to see if the cdrom is the first boot drive.
Second I would make sure the ide hd is second boot drive, If no cd boot normally.
The sata drive I would make sure the bios does not pick it up as the first boot drive when it is connected.
An old way to be sure of this would be to connect the drive, and reboot. When the bios is handed over to the boot loader, reset the machine and go into the bios to check your settings.
The sata drive should not interfere with the system. Perhaps the bios is configured to pick up any sata as the primary by default, and when it is detected the bios changes your boot order of the drives.
As long as I change boot sequence from "CD-ROM" to "primary drive C", I boot up fine. Thanks for getting me through that, I do appreciate it.
Now my issue is that Windows is not seeing the new SATA HDD. Even in disc management nothing shows. This HDD came from Newegg with no drivers or utilities. I had expected to be able to format it with disc management in Windows.
Normally XP just picks up the (SATA) drive and asks to format it - maybe you have a driver missing.
Try sticking a partition on it from Linux (i.e. create a partition table for it) and see if 'doze wakes up then.
examine that hard drive for a SATA jumper; if your pc is 4 years old, I would doubt that it will support SATA II. That is why most SATA II drives have a small jumper to select SATA 150 instead. I do not know for sure whether having this jumper wrong would actually cause the drive to become invisible to some operating systems, but there must be a reason that it's there.
Back to square one, this morning I can not boot with the SATA connected, no matter what boot sequence I use.
Thanks for the tip on the jumper, this Samsung has that feature, but it has not appeared to make a difference.
I guess I will have to research to see if I can find out what chipset this Dell has, see if I can get any help there. Maybe that is where I need to look next. The Dell did come with XP, so I would have thought it would have included drivers for the connections existing on the mobo.