What Is A Secondary Slave?

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In mid December my computer stopped running,major with-drawal pains! A couple of weeks ago I had it upgraded with new parts. I noticed when I turned it on,the computer said it found a secondary slave and to delete it hit f4.I now am wondering what is a secondary slave and why I had one.Any info on this would be appreciated.

-- Maggie (song bird@iwon.com), February 14, 2000


A secondary slave can be either a extra hard drive or cd-rom attached to your computer.

-- STFrancis (STFrancis@heaven.com), February 14, 2000.

Did I goof then by pressing f4?

-- Maggie (song bird@iwon.com), February 14, 2000.

A Secondary Slave is a sleeple who thinks he is free because he can drive by indigesting a Whopper Double Bacon CheeseBurger and track his 401k, while the whole time his life is sunk, tied and weighted with the anxiety shackles of the mortgage, taxes, regulations, laws, bills, debts, and rat droppings mushrooming everywhere from the hordes fanging to squish him and climb on his meltdown to rake themselves on top.

-- Ashton & Leska in Cascadia (allaha@earthlink.net), February 14, 2000.

That explains it in a nut shell.Since this is my third computer in five years,I didn't want to mess this one up to,at least not for awhile anyway.

-- Maggie (song bird@iwon.com), February 14, 2000.

Your system board may have two IDE connectors. Each can be hooked up to two drives, if the cable has a total of three connectors. One for the system board, one each for a drive. The only way that the system can handle two devices on one cable is to designate one as master and the other as slave. This is done by jumpers on the drives.

The PRIMARY IDE is most often the hard drive, jumpered as master (or jumpered as sole drive.) If another drive is added to that cable it will be designated the PRIMARY SLAVE.

Most often a CDROM drive is hooked up to the SECONDARY IDE cable, which may also have an unused connector on it. If you install ANOTHER device on that cable, it becomes by definition and jumpering the SECONDAY SLAVE.

I don't know what F4 does in your PC, but it sounds as if you were poking around in the BIOS (CMOS or system setup) because nowhere else will you see those terms.

This is the part of the machine that keeps track of what is present and enabled/ disabled in your PC.

If you ended up in setup (CMOS, BIOS), BECAUSE a new drive had been installed in the SECONDARY SLAVE position, than you wanted to acknowledge it, and not delete it! (deleting it will disable it.)

This is as much as I can say without knowing anything about your PC.

-- W (me@home.now), February 14, 2000.

Thank you for the information and time spent answering my question.

-- Maggie (song bird@iwon.com), February 14, 2000.

My brudder in law is a good example...he works for the state.


-- Y2Kook (Y2Kook@usa.net), February 14, 2000.

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