At the tender age of fifty odd i decided to have alook into computers, having never touched one before its a very steep learning curve.I've been at it two months now, built a couple, out of old bits and pieces with reasonable success and strange results at times. However as finances are very limited i have to try to improve my pc and my skills at a very slow pace.
the problem i'm facing now is having purchased a maxto 80GB hdd i find the old gigabyte GA 7IX 1999 vintage motherboard wont recognise it either as a slave drive or primary, with jumpers or cable select. Also when connected slave or master the pc will not go past the setup and shows "primary disc fail" Remove it and she fires up into windows as it the m/board, maxtor or(most likely ) me, cheers.

Hello Malcolm, welcome to Daniweb. :D

I have requested your thread to be moved to the appropriate forum, so that you can get the maximum help.

And don't worry, we do have a lot of members with 50+ of age -- its never too late to start something.... ;)

Hi Malcolm, welcome to DaniWeb. I' ve copied your technical question over to the relevant forum, being hardware/storage where you should get all the help you need.

I've left this copy here as it's alaso a great introduction to yourself :)

As for being 50+, I will be joining you soon enough methinks. Or at least it feels that way sometimes...