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Motherboard won't recognize drives

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by dogbonz, Apr 11, 2008.

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  1. dogbonz

    dogbonz Thread Starter

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    Hi Troops,

    ASUS AV7 - 133 Motherboard.

    Normal IDE Hard drives, and two CD-ROMS.
    Can't seem to gt them all recognized. I think it
    might be a RAID problem. The message at halt is:

    "Ultra Bios 100 did not load because no drives connected"

    There are TWO sets of IDE controllers, each has a blue
    AND a black base. I've tried every which way, and the
    best I get is the two HHDs load, or the Two CD-ROMS
    load. I can't get them all recognized at the same time, Which is necessary to reinstall XP Pro.

    Haaallllpppp ! TIA

    -Bonzie
     
  2. Arcadion

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    I suggest just starting with a single hard disk and a single CD drive, that's all you need to get XP Pro installed, after that you can try adding the other drives one at a time. Make sure you have the master/slave jumpers set correctly, or just set every single drive to "cable select", and make sure your C: drive (that you want Windows to boot off) is at the end of the cable on the primary IDE channel.
     
  3. dogbonz

    dogbonz Thread Starter

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    Hi Arcadion,

    I'll give that a try. I just have to choose which IDE controllers
    to use. It's behaving like it wants to use Scuzzy... weird...

    Thanks, any other suggestions are welcome.

    -Bonzie
     
  4. brite750

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    ive had that MB the message is normal and meaningless if you are only using ide drives, there is a setting in the bios to turn it off, it is just the bios looking for any drives connected to the promise raid controller. More than likely the MB ide controller is dieing, mine did.
     
  5. dogbonz

    dogbonz Thread Starter

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    Aaaarrrrrgggghhh,

    Finally got the ASUS Motherboard A7A-133 to "see" the drives......

    But it won't boot up..... Tried setting the order of boot-up to:

    Plexor CD-ROM (1)
    Legacy Floppy (2)
    Maxtor HDD (3)

    Nuthin' This is getting VERY weird....

    Ideas ????

    -bonzie
     
  6. Rich-M

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    Try a different cd or cd drive. Mismatched ram and bad hard drive are the other reasons.
     
  7. dogbonz

    dogbonz Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the suggestions, but the motherboard
    is to be roasted on a very hot fire.

    Nothing would boot, not the HDD, the Floppy, nor
    two different CD-Roms.

    At this point the headwinds are just too strong. I
    broke down and bought a new motherboard.

    Thanks Guys,

    -bonzie
     
  8. Rich-M

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    We eliminated everything else, sounds like the right move.
     
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