You’re troubleshooting a dual-drive PATA configuration, and you find that the CS jumpers are not selected. What does this mean?
A) Checksums are disabled on the drives
B) The device number is configured using jumpers
C) The PATA controller can only support a single drive
D) The drives will run at the slower throughput speeds
E) The location of the drive on the cable determines the device number
F) It just has to keep running a little while longer
The answer: B) The device number is configured using jumpers
The PATA Cable Select (CS) option means that the device number is based on the location of the drive on the cable. If the CS option is not enabled, then the drive number is determined with jumpers on each drive.
Want to know more? Watch “Understanding PATA.”
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