I am trying to help out a friend. His computer "died" and after ruling out\nother causes decided it must be the motherboard. I picked up a used KR7A\nwhich is compatible with his CPU and RAM and swapped mobos.\n\nIt booted into the BIOS but would not detect any IDE devices. I had the HDD\nas master on IDE channel 1 and a CD drive as slave. SO I tried playing with\ndifferent cables, and it turned out as long as I only had one device on each\nIDE channel, everything was detected correctly. I would prefer my original\nway because he only has one hard drive and one CD drive, just to reduce\ncable clutter. Is there a reason 2 devices on one IDE channel might not\nwork that is not cable related?\n\nSecond problem: I don't know what his CPU is. It's a socket A AMD -\nprobably an Athlon, but beyond that I don't know. I have an NF7-S on my\nmachine, and it auto-detects the CPU and sets the BUS speed and multiplier\naccordingly. The KR7A booted up and just gave me a list to choose from, and\nI'm not sure which is correct. Before I put the HSF on, I checked the CPU\nitself but any text on the die itself was worn away and I could not read it.\n\nTIA.