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HD unrecognized, DVD/RW now too?

By thmandan22
May 16, 2005
  1. What happened before : http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic24891.html

    Now it wont recognize the harddrive in the BIOS. The HD makes a clicking noise also. It also can no longer boot from CD because the CD/dvd-rw is shown as a bunch of weird charactors and symbols. It is like the whole computer is in a downward spiral. I would like to now where the problem exists. Is it how the HD and DVDRW are configured. A virus? is it something on the mobo messing up my HD and DVD drive. Kinda weird how the problem now is starting on the dvdrw drive. Is this the kind of stuff that occurs because of a boot sector virus? Any help appreciated, Im totally lost.
     
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Are the DVD and the HD on the same IDE cable? If yes then it is one of them being dead. If not then your IDE controller is bust - get a new motherboard or buy a(n) (S)ATA controller card.
     
  3. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,666

    I'd also be carefull, if you HDD is clicking, you may want to take it out and test it on a known good machine.
    Above normal clicking noise isn't a software issue. If Nodsu is right, it could be your HDD causing the issue.
     
  4. thmandan22

    thmandan22 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 59

    I think you hit it. So logically the HD that is maing clicking sounds must be busted (master). and the sony DVDRW (slave) is getting messed up becuase of that and as a result is shown as a bunch of weird charactors and will not operate. So, Im guessing that if i remove the busted HD then set the Sony DVDRW to master I will be able to boot from CD/DVD? Help me out if Im on the wrong track.
     
  5. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,666

    Hey thmandan look at our post times. I must have hit submit like a second before you!
     
  6. thmandan22

    thmandan22 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 59

    haha, I was wondering how your post magically appeared there.
     
  7. thmandan22

    thmandan22 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 59


    Kudos to Nodsu! You where 100% correct! After I removed the HD from the master position and took it out of the box, I could mysteriously load an ubuntu live cd OS. Just want to say thanks!
     
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