|Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2002 - 1:01 pm: |
Hello. I've just moved into a new house in London because I'm at Drama school there. I took my PC, and all of a sudden it starts messing up (not to mention, my mates PC, my phone and his phone). The problem is, when I start the computer, it gets to 'detecting IDE drives', doesn't say anything else and stops working. It doesn't even allow me into the bios. If I plug a 1.7 Gig in on the same cabling and start it up, it works. If I plug the 1.7 and 40 gig in, both are recognised by the BIOs, but the computer doesn't start. I've tried changing jumpers, leads and everyting bu there's no luck. Please help me because I have 22 Gigs of Data on there and I need it back. Thankyou in advance.
|Posted on Monday, November 11, 2002 - 10:12 pm: |
Since you moved the computer I would suggest you reseat all cards including memory. Make sure everything that's attached to the motherboard is secure. If that doesn't work remove everything from the motherboard but the memory, video card, case wiring, mouse, keyboard, and power supply. Just use the basics to see if it boots up. If it boots up return one item at a time back on the motherboard. With any luck it might help isolate the problem. My guess would be the modem since it messes up the phone line.
|Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - 7:41 am: |
Sorry, I meant mobile phone, not the house phone. I've tried what you said before, Cecil, and it didn't work. The wierd thing is now that occasionally, it will recognise the hardrive for a short while, but won't let me boot up on it. I've put an OS on the other hard drive, plugged them in and then both are recognised, but it just goes to a black, blank screen after the windows starting up screen. Also, once i turn the computer for a few times with the 40 gig in, it'll be recognised, but when i turn it off and restart it again, it won't be recognised again for a day or so. Thanks for the reply though, but any more ideas?
|Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - 8:31 am: |
Try clearing the cmos settings. Either remove the battery or there may be a set of pins on the motherboard for doing this.
|Posted on Friday, November 22, 2002 - 7:55 am: |
Hello again. I've tried all you've said, but the problem's slowly been changing. It recognises the drive most of the time now, but I cannot boot up off of it. According to Scandisk, there aren't any problems with the drive, but when trying to install an OS onto it, it will crash at some point and give me an error message. My hard drive is in 2 partitions, I'm quite sure that that will not have any affect on how the drive is recognised. Any more ideas?
|Posted on Sunday, November 24, 2002 - 10:21 am: |
It sounds like the hard drive is going bad. In some cases a hard drive will work if it is warm, but won't when cold. If it's possible, set it as a slave and try to copy what you can off of it.
|Posted on Sunday, December 1, 2002 - 1:13 pm: |
Thanks for the help. It seems that's the only thing I can do now. Thankyou for your help.
|Posted on Monday, December 2, 2002 - 8:24 pm: |