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Horrible hard drive problem; possible motherboard meltdown

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by joker9, Nov 22, 2004.

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  1. joker9

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    All alliteration aside, I have a serious problem:

    Since September, my computer has been having problems. After numerous failed repair attempts, my friend fixed it for me. It worked for about a week, and then two days ago, I decided to try and get the whole thing working. When I got the computer up and running again, I switched to another hard drive I had (I have three). I wanted to switch back to my original (larger) hard drive. I reformatted, and for the first time in months, it worked!

    Unfortunately, I got greedy, and I tried to get my other hard drive hooked up, too. I managed to get that particular hard drive working, but they wouldn't work together. After trying different things, I decided to try and install Windows again. However, when I try to install it now, it says I don't even have a hard drive installed! I know that I've hooked everything up right (I even took the entire computer apart, and put it back together to make sure), but it won't detect my hard drive at all...any of them!

    Even Adult Swim couldn't make me feel better, and glaring at it with murder in my eyes isn't helping any.
     
  2. prospect

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    Welcome Joker9! :)
    Make sure you have all the ribbons connected properly. How much did you take apart? I'll bet something isn't connected properly. :eek:
     
  3. joker9

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    Everything is connected properly.

    I forgot to mention that when I start up the computer, it tells me there's a boot error, and it needs the system disk to continue; when I put it in and try and reformat is when the real problem starts.
     
  4. Old Rich

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    Did that second hard drive have an operating system on it? . . check the drive jumpers . . set jumper on second one as Slave .

    wrs
     
  5. joker9

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    The real issue is the boot disk error I've been getting, and just getting the computer to run at all.
     
  6. Old Rich

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    which can be caused if it senses two operating systems with no MBR to tell it which one to use . .
     
  7. Lightning

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    Do you want to fix the problem, or do you want to be right?

    If everything is hooked up correctly, according to you, then the hardware's bad. What other explanation can you come up with?
     
  8. joker9

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    I'm not trying to run two OS's at once.
     
  9. Old Rich

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    Well . . you never answered the question "does the second drive have an o/s on it" If it does not, then that is not an issue . . if it does, i just might be.

    Lightning is right . . There is clearly something wrong . . just a matter of figureing what it is.

    wrs
     
  10. joker9

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    Never mind, it turned out that the ribbon cable had something wrong with it. I just had to switch it. D'oh!
     
  11. prospect

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    I knew it was something like that.
     
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