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[SOLVED] unidentifiable alarm after installing hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jackal969k, Nov 8, 2003.

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  1. jackal969k

    jackal969k Thread Starter

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    I purchased a used computer and have no manual. OS Win ME. It is only used to play card games nothing fancy.

    The hard drive was making a racket so I installed a new Maxtor 30gig. My intention was to copy all info from the old drive to the new one, make the new one the master after doing so and just leave the old one in for a slave.

    After installing, when I turned on the computer, it started making a beeping sound. There is a small speaker in the bottom of the tower and the beeping sounds like a backup alarm on a forklift. (sorry, only way I know to describe it)

    I figured I screwed up putting the new drive in so I changed everything back to the way it was since I couldn't get the computer to do anything. Now when I turn it on, I still get nothing but the alarm. Nothing comes up on the screen. I tried to boot with ME boot disk, but got nothing. There is a reset button on the front of the tower and the alarm will stop beeping when you press it and start again when you release it.

    Does anyone know what the problem might be?

    As always, thank you in advance for your support.
     
  2. Lurker1

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    Just a guess here but I think you knocked something loose when you were installing the hard drive. I would reseat the memory, power connections, processory , video board and any other cables in the system and see if you can get the system booting again. Also check that all the fans are plugged in and spinning.
     
  3. jackal969k

    jackal969k Thread Starter

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    Thanks for your response Lurker1. I will try that and let you know what happens. Have a good day.
     
  4. kbaasit

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    U could also try:

    http://www.pchell.com/hardware/beepcodes.shtml

    this page will give you a good description of POST codes. All it sounds that your PC is doing is 'PSOT'g' as all PC's do! one quick beep usually is saying all is ok!

    l8r
     
  5. jackal969k

    jackal969k Thread Starter

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    Thanks for all your help. You can marked this one solved. I checked for loose connections etc.. The only thing I didn't change back to the original scenario was the IDE cable. I change the one with the hard drive back to the one that was on the old hard drive and everything worked ok. Thanks again for all your help. You wouldn't expect something brand new to be faulty, but I guess it happens.
     
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