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ide drives

By BlueBoxers81
Jul 3, 2006
  1. My computer works excellently when it actually boots up. However, 90% of the time, the computer opens to a black screen that says "detecting ide drives". It also says "press DEL to enter setup" (which nearly never works).

    I have opened the computer and have found no disconnected or loose cables. I am not technical so if you choose to help me please keep it in terms i would understand.

    Thank you so much.
     
  2. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    what are your computer spec's? how old is the computer? is it the original hard drive? you should download your hard drive makers diagnostic software and test the hard drive.

    if you are unsure what hardware is on your machine you can download a freeware app called SIW and run it.

    http://www3.sympatico.ca/gtopala/
     
  3. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    could be your battery for cmos is dying
     
  4. BlueBoxers81

    BlueBoxers81 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    sorry, but i don't know what specs are. and it is the origional everything. i think it is 1998.

    also, what battery could be dying?
     
  5. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    if that is the original hard drive ti si 8 years old and probably on it's last legs.
     
  6. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    there is a battery on the MB little round thing
    could be down at the lower right corner if bad you lose bios settings for board and gotta reset
     
  7. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Posts: 716

    Uhm, just let it go for a while and see how things go. Maybe after it "detects" them once, the problem will be fixed. Let me know how you go.

    Regards,

    Korrupt
     
  8. BlueBoxers81

    BlueBoxers81 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    how long would you expect it to take. it has been running for 24 hours now, still nothing.
    (thank ya'll for all your help)
     
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