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Hard Drive Not Recognized

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by FZWG, Jan 26, 2002.

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  1. FZWG

    FZWG Thread Starter

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    Appreciate some assistance.

    Have an AZZa mainboard, 5VMX, with an AMD K6-2/550 CPU and an AWARD BIOS 07/04/2000-VP3-586B-W877-2A5LEP8AC-00.

    Trying to install a hard drive, and it will not recognize it. Keep getting "Primary Master hard disk failure" over and over.

    This computer was infected by a virus a while back. It was never quite right, so decided to clear out the hard drive, and start from scratch. However, the BIOS will not auto detect the hard drive that was on it, nor any other hard drive. Have tried 3 different ones.

    The cables are tight, and connected correctly.

    Any ideas on what to do?
     
  2. ratchet

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    FZWG,
    Had a similar problem when I upgraded mine, have you tried changing the jumper on the harddrive, mine end up bieing different from the instructions said.
    Possibly a bad cable?
     
  3. Alex Ethridge

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    I agree with changing the cable to be sure.

    Also, some drives have a Master setting as well as a Single setting in the jumper arrangement. They are different and may give a problem if not set correctly.
     
  4. ~Candy~

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    Have you tried manually entering the heads, cylinders, etc.?
     
  5. FZWG

    FZWG Thread Starter

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    Thank you for your replies.

    Tried all your suggestions, plus some. Still no-go.

    Going to strip down the mainboard and start from scratch. Maybe there is something overlooked.

    This pc was infected by a virus a while back (Magistr), and it has been downhill from there on. Magistr also infects the BIOS, or so I hear.
     
  6. Mr_yalC

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    when you get a anti-virus diskette that you can STICK IN and it will check the system beofer loading OS, PLEASE let me know.... and WHERE I can get the same....

    I know there has GOT to be a way to scan BIOS and ROM from a BOOT DISK.... IF a VIRUS can load and get to them....

    Or are the Virus DEVELOPERS... HOLDING OUT???

    And what can WE load to PROTECT HD Boot Sector???

    Hope I give you some thing to think about as I do...
     
  7. FZWG

    FZWG Thread Starter

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    Maybe there IS such an animal.

    In addition to thinking about the issue, have you tried posting your concern in a forum that deals with this type of stuff, maybe, in software?

    Sure would be interesting to find out what type of answers you get. ????

    :cool:
     
  8. Mr_yalC

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    yes I did. A couple of times, but to no avail.....
     
  9. FZWG

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    Try again!

    Make it a real positive post!

    Get some minds thinking!

    :) :) :)
     
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