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Boot UP Screen

by reddawg155 / September 3, 2005 9:24 PM PDT

My daughter is running Windows XP Home. About a week ago during boot up, her computer stalls and won't go no further with the display saying:

PRIMARY MASTER - FUJITSU XXXXXXX
PRIMARY SLAVE - NONE
SECONDARY MASTER - CD-R/RW
SECONDARY SLAVE - DVD/ROM GD800

PRIMARY MASTER DRIVE - FAILS

We have tried everything including safe mode but with no luck. Any ideas on how to fix this and the cause of the hang up?????

Thanx

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Dead Drive
by nutterof / September 3, 2005 10:16 PM PDT
In reply to: Boot UP Screen

Sounds like the CMOS is trying to tell you you either have a dead or all but dead drive, or the controller on the motherboard is going bad.

So, now you get the pleasure of figuring out if it's the hard drive that's the problem, or the motherboard controller. Replacing a hard drive is many times easier than replacing a motherboard, especially if you have a brand name system. If that's the case, and it's not under warranty, time to sell it on eBay if you ask me. Replacing a motherboard in those systems just isn't worth it.

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Could be a bad IDE cable....
by Michael Geist / September 3, 2005 11:19 PM PDT
In reply to: Dead Drive

connecting the mainboard to the drive. It's a simple swap and good first step in diagnosing the problem.

I might try removing one of the optical drives and boot the hard drive off the second channel.

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Little Late
by chris4k21 / September 24, 2005 4:21 AM PDT

I would check the Settings in BIOS before anything related to hardware. I would guess that somehow the configuration for the drive got changed. As you can see the Sec. Slave Drive has "DVD/ROM GD800" information, point being the "GD800" is the DVD/ROM's Model Number. The Primary Master, "Fujitsu" followed by "XXXXXX" indicates that the auto detect feature BIOS should have isn't working or got changed to "USER" mode possibly. Just a suggestion, I would check BIOS setup before changing any hardware...and if the BIOS doesnt work.....I would start with the IDE cable like the last post said. Goodluck.

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