2 Hard drives

By hatesbluescreen
Feb 4, 2008
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  1. hatesbluescreen

    hatesbluescreen Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    I actually got all of the computer parts from my friend because he didn't need them. They are all brand new.
    Anyways, I don't think he ever got a case for the parts (the tower) so I don't even have an on and off switch for the motherboard.
    I'm using an old case from another computer. Would an on and off switch from an older case make any difference for the PSU and motherboard?
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Are you saying the power button on the front of the case, which is then plugged into PWR pins on the motherboard ?

    If not, then just keep looking for PWR and RST and LED pins on the motherboard (as described above)

    Then just touch (I know it sounds scary) with a small flat screwdriver across PWR pins (2 pins) for about 1 to 2 secs, it'll then power up (normally)

    All these pins are in a row
    ..
    ..PWR
    ..
    ..RST
    ..
    ..LED
    That's an example (I haven't checked the manual on the exact sequence)
  3. hatesbluescreen

    hatesbluescreen Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    hey Kimsland,
    Can you tell me what RST means?
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    RST=Reset
    PWR=Power
    LED usually refers to Power Led or HDD Led (Hard Disk Drive Led)
  5. hatesbluescreen

    hatesbluescreen Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    I put an old motherboard into its old case and I connected all of the power cords back in ( LED, RST, PWR, Speaker, ect.) and I connected the new PSU into the motherboard.
    I plugged the PSU in and nothing happened. I pressed the power button on the tower and the PSU turned on, fans and everything.
    So I know for a fact that the PSU is fine.
    I think I need to get a certain power switch for the motherboard...

    Also, is there a little green light on every motherboard that shows that it is getting power or is that for only certain motherboard? Because I'm not seeing a little green light on the new motherboard...

    I did try using screw drivers but that didn't seem to work...
  6. hatesbluescreen

    hatesbluescreen Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    ALRIGHT!
    I got it to power up!!
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    That's great

    The screwdriver option may have had to have better and longer contact, but who cares now!

    The little green light, I had a lot of detail on this once, but I'll just answer your question.
    No not on all motherboards

    Also the LED connectors must be around the right way to work, but the PWR and RST don't matter. So if you don't see the LED activity or power, that is why.

    Anyway, great news.

    You can vote on my Poll too if you like: http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic98305.html
    Leaving a message is good too, as the poll is anonymous.

    Have a lovely day. :)
  8. hatesbluescreen

    hatesbluescreen Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    I might have more questions later.
    Thank you so much Kimsland! You to Subcan!
    You guys helped alot! :D
  9. hatesbluescreen

    hatesbluescreen Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    More problems...

    Ok I have another problem...
    Now the moniter isn't doing anything.
    The light on the moniter is just blinking.
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    That was quick!

    Turn off the computer
    Turn off the monitor too (but usually this won't matter)
    Remove the power cord from the back fully
    Hold the front power on button in for 30 secs
    Let go of the button
    Put the power cord back in (securely)
    Turn on the Monitor (if it was off)
    Turn on the computer

    Presto!
  11. hatesbluescreen

    hatesbluescreen Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    Oh geez...
    I didn't have the ATX Power Source Connector plugged in!

    Sorry about that! The stupidity of a novice computer builder... LOL!

    :eek: :eek:
  12. hatesbluescreen

    hatesbluescreen Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    ok everything is hooked up and ready to go!
    I am at the boot menu witch says:

    GeForce 6100-M9 (CU51M119 BS)

    Main Processor : AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+
    Memory Testing : 982016K OK + 64M shared memory + 1 M TSeg memory

    IDE Channel 0 Master : ST340016A 3.19
    IDE Channel 0 Master : None
    IDE Channel 1 Master : None
    IDE Channel 1 Master : None

    IDE Channel 2 Master : LITE-ON DVDRW LH-20A1L BL04
    IDE Channel 3 Master : MAXTOR STM3320620AS 3.AAE

    Floppy disk(s) fail (40)


    Press F8 to enable System Configuration
    Press F9 to Select Booting Device after POST
    Press F1 to continue, DEL to enter SETUP
    01/19/2007-C51MCP51-6A61HB09C-00


    What should I do first??
  13. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    OK so you have

    1 ATA Hard Drive
    and 2 SATA CD/DVD Drives

    And no floppy ! (if you do have a floppy drive the data cable may be in the wrong way around)

    Anyway,

    Yes hit DEL (And go into CMOS)

    Disable Floppy if you don't have a floppy drive

    Go to the boot up sequence and select
    1st Bootable Device=Cdrom (or it may actually say the CD/DVD drive)
    2nd Bootable Device=HDD
    3rd Bootable Device=Cdrom (or it may actually say the CD/DVD drive)

    Save and Exit (F10)

    Now, you should be right at the start
    (by the way are you installing Windows - or is it already installed, can't remember what you said, and presently I'm in the post!!)



    Allow the computer to startup
     
  14. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  15. hatesbluescreen

    hatesbluescreen Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    OK I'm going to install Windows XP now...
  16. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Woops!

    1 X ATA Hard Drive

    1 X Sata DVD

    1 X Sata Hard Drive

    I read that wrong -- Sorry
  17. hatesbluescreen

    hatesbluescreen Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    Thats ok!
    I'm actually running the Windows XP setup right now!
    We'll see how it goes...
  18. hatesbluescreen

    hatesbluescreen Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    alright I got XP installed on the new hard drive!
    Something is wrong with the old one though... I'll have to reinstall windows on that one tomarrow.

    Thank you SOOOOOO much for your help Kimsland!!

    I'f I have any more questions I'll ask!

    Thanks again! :D :D :D
  19. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Another happy customer :)
  20. hatesbluescreen

    hatesbluescreen Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 52

    Need a sound card?

    Hey Kimsland,
    I tried to connect speakers on the new computer but there was no sound. I went into controle panel a for some reason It wouldn't let me change anything.
    No error thing came up or anything. Do I have to put in a sound card or something?
  21. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    If you can't change anything, that means the sound driver is not installed.

    You will need to locate the sound driver for that system
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