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PC recognizes hard drive but will not boot properly!

by 120808-000254-21009398656 / April 3, 2008 12:38 PM PDT

Ok, so I got my brothers "old" PC, it is a custom Cyberpower systems tower computer. I started using it and it was working very well. Before I got the computer was having some troubles with booting and not recognizing hardware. But for me it was working fine. Today it did not recognize the floppy drive, no matter, I don't use the floppy drive. But it wouldn't boot. I only have a slave drive in the pc. So I set the slave drive to a master, still wouldn't boot. But it always was a slave, why doesn't it want to boot now? Tried everything I could think of. Still wont load up windows. Please help and give me suggestions to what I could do to fix my computer.

Thanks!

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More information please.
by strickjh2005 / April 3, 2008 12:46 PM PDT

Are there any other devices on that chain? If so are they also master? Is there an optical drive on the chain?

When did your floppy drive stop working? Does it light up? Does the light stay solid on? Does it blink at all during post? Is the power connected to the floppy drive?

Have you reseated the ribbon cables (both IDE 0 and 1 as well as the fdd cable).

Does the hard drive support CS or Cable Select? Have you tried that option?

-John

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BIOS
by megamannt92 / April 3, 2008 11:54 PM PDT

Do you get an error or does it sit idle?

Did you check the hard drive BIOS settings? Is everything in order?

If the floppy isnt working you might want to turn off "floppy test" or even the whole drive in the BIOS. Your computer might be tying to access the floppy during boot time, therefore messing up the boot sequence.

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BIOS
by 120808-000254-21009398656 / April 4, 2008 6:22 AM PDT
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I went into BIOS and turned off the whole floppy drive. I also went into BIOS and put that there is no master drive, just a slave. Went back, and it started up normally no errors. Then it was loading windows, it just never stops, it goes on for about 15 min. then it does some kind of odd glitch where it shows the mouse then quickly cuts to a blue screen with white letter, then quickly back to the first screen when you turn on your computer. Its like a loop.

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Safe Mode
by megamannt92 / April 4, 2008 8:56 AM PDT
In reply to: BIOS

BSOD and loop? That can sometimes mean your memory is bad.

Have you tried putting it in Safe Mode yet? If it loads...try running ScanDisk and defragging.

What OS are you running XP or 9x?

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Memory.
by strickjh2005 / April 4, 2008 12:33 PM PDT
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Remove all memory and reseat just one stick. Try to boot. If fails remove and try the other. (Assuming you are using DDR1 or PC1xx.

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I'll try
by 120808-000254-21009398656 / April 4, 2008 2:46 PM PDT
In reply to: Memory.

Im running XP, I believe I have DDR1 memory. I'm going to go try to put it in safe mode then if that doesn't work I'll try the whole memory swapping dealio. Thanks for the help!

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