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Posted on Friday, May 3, 2002 - 7:53 pm:   

Hello all, I bought a new Sony 5221 (52x) CD and installed it today. I had a Creative 52x CDROM in there before but it seemed to have died. Until recently all was well though and I made no changes except replacing the old drive with the new. I used existing cabling and made sure jumpers were set the same as old one (master). I have only one CDROM and one HDD and a floppy of course. The HDD and CD do not share a cable and I made sure all cables were in place and seated well (and checked all my cards for good measure). So I turn it on and it powers up and the fans run etc. But right when you should hear a beep and the monitor flash on from standby and the RAM check start I get nothing. It never gets far enough to beep or flick monitor or anything. I know it all is getting power (other stuff on power strip is ok and has been for years) and the LEDs and fans in the box work. I know the CD has power due to lights and I can open and shut CDROM door with the button. I never touched my one HDD except to make sure cables were seated well.
Here's some things I tried:
Jumpers--Master was default and that is what last CD was but nothing...I tried it as slave and nothing also.
I tried disconnecting the CDROM completely but no change.
I reconnected the old CD and nothing changed.
Since after I first turned on the power the power button did not function anymore (reset does) I had to use I/O switch in back. This is still the case. I removed front panel to see if those wires were bad and they look ok and connected well (LEDs are ok).
So since I get no beep or RAM test or even monitor online I have to assume my Board or HDD has some issue? I cannot see how it could be my HDD since it doesn't even get far enough to look at it. Did I somehow frag my MB? I have worked around PCs and hardware within for a long while, so I know I didn't bash or bend anything like pins or mash off a capacitor, etc.
Sony tech help is lame, so I looked up this place and I hope you can help.


V (Vera)
Posted on Friday, May 3, 2002 - 8:04 pm:   

For good measure try reseating


as well as checking all cables again,including case to board wiring.

working around in there, it's easy to loosen connections without detecting it visually.
Posted on Friday, May 3, 2002 - 8:13 pm:   

OK thanks V, I will try to look it over again. I just fear that this was just too simple a task to have this all go wrong. I really don't want to have to buy a new MB because I lost a CDRom.

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2002 - 11:20 pm:   

Thank you, Vera!
I slowly and surely reseated all RAM and then Vid card and it all worked fine. CDROM detected and works fine, no errors no conflicts. I guess my grumpy old Geforce1 got cranky and wanted attention or something. All is well and I am thrilled I don't have to buy/repair anything.
Thanks again, sometimes the "one darn thing you didn't mess with" is the one.
V (Vera)
Posted on Saturday, May 4, 2002 - 6:59 am:   

Your welcome. Glad things worked out well.

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