This is mostly a duplicate post to one I put up on technical moderated, I believe the SanDisk controller may be an issue for W2k and am trying to investigate deactivation of the controller. A poster named therealdj has indicated a procedure which may allow deactivation, and thus assist in stable W2k installation. Suggestions and constructive advice are welcome.
I removed the large heatsink and found the SanDisk controller (20-99-0002401) chip parallel to my IDE cable (which on thinking about it made much sense, I almost wish I had cut away a slightly larger area of the heatsink to expose this without removal of the entire heatsink). I re-read therealdj's post regarding deactivation of the SanDisk, and believe the CE pins are located parallel to the IDE connector on the SanDisk controller (sort of near the middle of the row of pins closest to the connector, I'd have to count carefully, but believe I can locate CE pin 37 & 39). Ok, now having located the pins (someone do confirm or redirect me) it appears therealdj understands something he refers to as "lifting CE pins" ... well OK, I'm game, lets say I count correctly and locate Pin CE 37, can someone explain how it is "lifted". Specifically, looking at the device (the SanDisk controller) it is not intuitively obvious to me how it's connected to the motherboard, and how the pins connect between the chip and the motherboard (for example is the controller just sitting on the board held on by pressure from the pins? Are the pins themselves soldered or some form of pressure connection). In describing "lifting" please don't forget to describe which tool was used, and any cautions about problems (especially non-obvious problems) which may occur as a result of "lifting".
therealdj's post appears to indicate "lifting" may be reversable (which appears nicer than say cutting, removing, or desoldering). Thus some step by step guidance (and some background as to how this device is connected) would be greatly appreciated. Understanding how it's attached, lifted and perhaps even some discussion of how it could be reset, would also be appreciated.
Also as a final request, if CE Pin 37 & 39 are removed, will this permit the addition of a 2nd IDE device (such as a CD ROM or even better a CD ROM changer, and does anyone know of an inexpensive one for an I-Opener (and where to order it from?).