Computer won't start after SATA install?

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amed

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Hi, recently I had a hard drive start slowing down on me, so I bought a new one yesterday. Before I had a 160GB maxtor IDE drive, now I am tryint to install a 250 GB WD SATA hard drive (just 1). I plugged it into SATA0, as well as power from the 4 pin connector.

My problem is when I package everything together, plug everything in, and try to turn it on, I hear normal sounds and lights on my box, but no video is sent to my monitor. There is just a steady orange light next to the power switch on the monitor.

My questions:
I have a CDRW and a DVD player in the system, do I need to have them the primary or secondary IDE channel?
I do not believe it is a bad video card, because I have had no problems with it up until now. What else could be wrong with the system?

At first I thought it was that the motherboard was not receiving power, but I can see the standby power light on. Now I am thinking it is the SATA drive, and I don't have it installed correctly.

If push comes to shove, I can try to start it with a normal IDE HD just to be sure its the SATA drive. But what are your thoughts on fixing this? Should I reset the CMOS?

My current setup:
Asus P4C800-E
2.8 GHz P4
1 GB SimpleTech 3200DDR (2x512)
ATI Radeon 9800Pro
Built in Ethernet
1 250 GB SATA Hard drive (currently plugged into SATA0, should this be in SATA1?)
52x CDRW
16x DVD player (both drives on a single channel, currently in IDE2)
Soundblaster Audigy sound card
Envision flat panel monitor (can't remember exact model)
I will be installing Windows XP when I get this working.
I also bought a brand new 450 W power supply : ATX A+GPB P4-12V

What can you help me with?
 
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You probably just did not install the S-ATA chipset drivers. Check out the ASUS website for updated chipset drivers.
 

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Disconnect the new SATA drive and see if it boots. It doesn't matter how you connect the DVD and CD-RW, you can leave them as they were or connect one to each IDE channel. You computer daoesn't need any drives at all to turn on. I would chack that you didn't knock loose the video card or and RAM modules. You could also try clearing teh CMOS with teh jumper on the motherboard.
 

amed

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An update to your suggestions:

I tried starting up without a hard drive connected, same problem... nothing at all comes up on the screen. I reset the CMOS then tried starting up without, and another trial with, the SATA hard drive and I run into the same problem.

Tranquility, you are right. I have not installed any drivers, but I am not sure how I would. I am not able to see anything on the screen.

What I've tried:
I've tried an older video card, and still nothing comes up (thank god... I am glad my ATI card isnt bad).
I've tried another monitor, with no help.
I've tried a regular IDE drive and the same thing happens. I want to try this again though, just to be sure.

When I turn on the system, everything sounds normal. All the lights and beeps on the box seem right. However no video signal is sent.
 

amed

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Still the same problem, even after the 2nd attempt to try an IDE hard drive on the primary channel. Possible culprits now appear to be either a bad AGP slot? or possibly a bad motherboard all together? I can try an ABIT IS7-G.
 

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when you say all the beeps are right you should only get the single post beep are you getting more beeps than this
 

amed

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Ok, I don't know how this worked but here goes. I walked away and left the computer on, 5 minutes later I return to check how many beeps there are, and it starts up and comes to the BIOS!! My problem now is it reads as 3rd IDE.
 

amed

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My SATA drive. I just followed the instructions for installing the HD now. (Make SATA driver disk, format, reboot w/ WinXP disc, F6, install drivers, install windows).
 
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