Hi trevatxtal, I'm looking around the Net to try to understand your situation. Frustrating.
There are mainly Topics concerning Windows unfortuneately, and random access to floppy drives.
The Bios will not let me alter the mode on the Sata drive to EIDE, it is fixed as Auto.
Well as it is a Sata Drive it doesn't have the capacity to be an IDE drive, if I misunderstood, apologies.
You'd kind of expect the Master Drive to be "drives 0", however it's, 0=IDE, 1=IDE=, and 2=SATA disk 2
if you: su
[root@localhost USER]# fdisk -l
would be interesting to see how PCLinuxOS sees your Drives ?
This little Video might 'Brighten your Day', ...however doesn't solve your problem.
(sorry, I digress... )
The Comp I'm using now has a Sata HDD, however I don't have IDE drives, just a straight "Master" config.
You have the Sata drive assigned as the 'Master' HDD, being the boot Drive, containing the Grub boot entry.
There should be no problem mixing SATA and IDE drives, as long as the SATA is the main drive.
You must be sure to set the jumpers to 'master' and 'slave'; however seeing your Computer boots, that must be the case. Just thinking out loud, sorry trevatxtal
I'll keep looking; actually as I just have a Sata Drive installed will reboot and see if there's any clue in my HDD settings (Sata) in Bios. If so will post back, otherwise, will keep searching...
Dell System -GX 520
Yes, I have some performance settings for the Sata Drive in the Bios:
Bypass (Older drives)- Quiet - (Drive Manufacturer settings) - Performance -(A little Noisier); which I have mine set to. This takes you nowhere though, I'm sorry. Maybe given you something to think about, otherwise contact your Mainboard / BIOS Manufacturer seems last option.