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My IDE/ATAPI CD-ROM drive only works when slaved to a hard disk on the same IDE channel; it won't work by itself on an IDE channel
Explanation: You cannot get your CD-ROM drive to work by itself on an IDE channel. However, it is recognized and works OK when it is installed as the slave to a master hard disk on an IDE channel.
Diagnosis: The most usual cause of this symptom is the use of the infamous Windows 95 bus mastering drivers. Another cause is simply misconfiguring the drive. Some CD-ROM drives will not work as slaves by themselves and others won't work as masters by themselves.