Go into bios and set your sata to ide and see if you can then get the computer to run........hope this helps.
Alright, so way back in the day, my family had this guy build a couple of computers for us. My Dell broke a few months ago, so I was given one of these custom built computers that my family doesn't use anymore. It was working fine, except that I noticed one of the DVD drives was faulty on it, so when I had some free time, I installed the DVD drive from my Dell onto this computer. Then, I go to turn the computer back on, but it has not worked since. I keep getting an error regarding my hard drive?
Here is a picture of the error:
What happens is that this error appears for a couple seconds, and then it disappears, and the Windows XP loading signal comes up. It looks like I'm in the clear, because XP seems to load, but then, my computer just restarts, and this entire process starts over again. My computer just displays this error, tries to load XP but fails, and then repeats over and over again.
If you notice in the picture above, it says press <Tab> to go into the User Window.
If I press tab, I am presented with this screen
What's weird about this screen is that it won't let me select anything. The only option that works is the escape key.
On the picture above, it seems to show 2 channels. Channel 0 seems to show my current hard drive, and channel 1 looks like it might be trying to find a second device, but there is no other hard drive or anything. In the User Window, I was going to try and delete this second channel that doesn't show anything (There is a delete array option), but I couldn't select anything to delete.
Now, I am at a complete loss for what to do. I took my computer over to my buddy's house, and he was at a loss as well. We both tried a variety of issues, which I'll list below.
1. Since the computer was fine before I installed the other DVD drive, I decided to plug the original DVD drive back into the computer. This did not resolve the issue.
2. The issue seems to be with the hard drive. On the pictures above, the computer recognizes the hard drive. But, on the BIOS menu (pressing DEL on setup), the computer does not recognize the hard drive. We did the auto detect, and the computer still could not pick anything up.
3. I tried reinstalling Windows, but the setup could not complete because it said no hard disk was connected. Then, I unplugged the hard drive and connected the cables to a backup hard drive and tried to install XP on THIS one. But, I once again got the error that no hard drive was connected.
4. I thought that the hard drive connectivity issue may be because of bad wires. I know for sure that the connections into the DVD and CD drives were working, so I unplugged these and used these connections for the hard drive, but I was still getting the issue that no hard drive could be found. So, I know the problem is not because of faulty cables.
If you guys have anymore ideas, please let me know. I seriously cannot think of anything else to do. I am not an expert on technical details, so I can't really provide the specs on this computer, because it was all custom built.