Solved: Hard drive not recognized by BIOS

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johnnieq

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AMD Athlon 2200+ with 256MB of DDR Ram.
Biostar M7VIQ motherboard
60GB hard drive
DVD-ROM
DVD-RW

Computer has been starting erratically for awhile. Sometimes it will start., other times it fails and says "HARD DISK NOT FOUND..."

I think the hard drive it finished. With power on I do not feel that 'gyro' effect you normally feel from spinning platters in a good drive.

So I tried a brand new 80GB hard drive. After numerous reboots the BIOS finally recognized it. I was then able to install WinXP. When installation was complete, I did a few Windows updates. Now I'm getting "HARD DISK NOT FOUND..." message again.

Thinking the motherboard battery could be failing, I tried a new one. Made no difference.

I tried new IDE cables. Made no difference.

I set BIOS settings all to default settings. Made no difference. Tried optimized settings. Same thing.

I'm running out of ideas. Anyone have any idea what could be wrong?

PS: Bootup each time is EXTREMELY slow.
 

johnnieq

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DOH!

I'm an idiot. I removed the jumper from the new drive (not listed in jumper options) and it is seen every time by the BIOS.

Boots normal speed also...
 
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