ok, here are some more details....
I use Windows 98 se, I am about to install Suse 9 as a dual boot..
on the main IDE channel the master disc is a 20GB Fugitsu, as is the slave. On the second IDE channel I have a Plextor CDRW and a cd rom which I hardly ever use.
On the first channel of the Promise controller I have a 60GB Seagate and as its slave, the 4th HDD a 40 GB Seagate
I have all the latest updates on my MB Bios, the Bios is set to run the Promise on board controller in IDE mode, it sees the 4th drive, which I have set as a slave to the 3rd drive,leaving me with one free channel to play with.
I am assuming that as the bios is seeing the drive that the boot process is ok, its when Windows tries to load that the system freezes.
I have a new, 400w Zalman power supply, I hope that is big enough.
I have not set different spin up times for the discs, is that a good way to go?
Hope someone can help, maybe Im just trying to put to many drives on the MB....but I love playing with these things and would love to be able to figure this out.
thanks for your help...