[ltp] Re: Old Thinkpad 380E won't boot from cdrom if harddrive connected!

linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:03:22 -0700

> Sometimes the master/slave setting is done by a jumper on the disk,
> sometimes it is by a specially wired cable, aka "cable select". I hope
> that's helpful.
> Are the CDROM and HDD original parts? If so, they should be compatible
> with each other.

Hi Richard-

Thanks for replying.

Yes, it's odd... both the HDD and the CDROM are original parts and
working, so there must be some other physical problem on the board.

This HDD is a 48-pin interface into a 48-pin connector- there's no room
for a jumper to be placed (though as you say, the HDD could otherwise be
configured as a master or slave if one could fit it with a jumper in some
other scenario). And, of course, that may not be the problem anyway.

I don't yet have USB access to the machine- I have ordered a PCMCIA/USB
card for it.