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23-Jun-2005, 01:47 PM #1
Solved: error primary IDE channel no 80 conductor cable installed
Suddenly I'm getting this message on my older computer when I try to boot up. It was working and then it hung up. I turned it off with the switch and now it won't boot up past this error. What could be the cause & the fix?
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23-Jun-2005, 02:05 PM #2
Try replacing the primary IDE cable with a new 80 wire cable. Thats where I'd start.
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23-Jun-2005, 02:43 PM #3
I put a new IDE cable in and now here's what's happening. It recognizes the HD, CD &CD burner & then it stops. I can get in the BIOS, but it won't let me do the F5 or F6 only F10 to save. I can make changes in the BIOS though. It won't let me boot with a floppy or a CD either. What could have happened so suddenly? I also got the MB manual and cleared the CMOS just in case.
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23-Jun-2005, 02:47 PM #4
What size PSU do you have? Try unpluging the CD or the burner and see if it still does the same.
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23-Jun-2005, 03:02 PM #5
I don't know the size of the psu off hand and I didn't take the computer completely open to remove the cable. I just reached in and did it from the side with eveything off.
I have had this one for about 5 yrs and have upgraded the BIOS and processor 6 or 8 months ago. I removed the cable from the burner and now I get this message before it sticks...sec. slave drive-ATAPI incompatible. Press F1 to continue and then it won't let me continue any further.
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23-Jun-2005, 04:10 PM #6
Dead Hard Drive. Try it in another computer, but this is an error message ECS mobo gives when HD fails.
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23-Jun-2005, 04:37 PM #7
It recognized the HD after I changed cables though. It still recognizes the HD, CDROM. Why would it recognize it? I don't have another computer to try it in right now. I changed the HD about 2 or 3 yrs ago. It's a gigabyte MoBo.
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24-Jun-2005, 06:49 PM #8
I think trying each drive in another way would be the way to go. That'll at least eliminate the drives as a cause if not find you the answer.
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24-Jun-2005, 06:56 PM #9
I tried taking each drive out and finally it booted. I changed the psu and that's what it was. Don't know why I have had to change the psu in this computer about 4 times in the 5 yrs I've had it. I got a better one this time. It had been making some noise but all the other times it just completely died and wouldn't start the computer at all.
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