Random problems with IDE device detection

By CLaRkNovICe
Dec 31, 2007
  1. I have a problem in my pc..

    sometimes it can detect my hard disk and cdrom(when i turn it ON)
    then sometimes(or most of the time) it can't detect the two devices...
    when im doing something,all applications freezes and when i reset my pc it doesn't boot.

    when i try to select boot devices i could't view my hard disk and cdrom,only the floppy disk.

    it also prompts a message like this.. <Windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe sometimes

    i also tried checking the connection of the two devices and there's nothing wrong with it..
    What should i do?

    thanks for the help guyz..
  2. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Posts: 595


    First,double check the cables and connectors at both ends.

    After that, run chkdisk -

    Start/Run/type :cmd click OK then chkdsk /r (press Enter to run it)

    You should also back up any important data to DVD/CD or external HD.

    There are a number of other possible causes,for the error message your getting,see HERE
  3. CLaRkNovICe

    CLaRkNovICe TS Rookie Topic Starter

    TNX a LOT

    Hi there!!:)

    Thanks for the help.. i guess i should start checking for the connections then to the complicated part... :)

    lastly.. i have also experienced that after booting my pc, a message prompts that goes like this....
    " a disk read error occured
    press ctrl+alt+del to restart"

    what does it mean?
    and what should i do?
    thanks again.... more power to you and happy new year
  4. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Posts: 595

    That error can be caused by the same things as your other error.

    - The Hard Drive is going bad.

    - The cables/plugs attached to the Hard Drive are loose/broken.

    Either way,take it as a warning to back up any data you can`t afford to lose -

    emails,photos,porn etc...

    If it is the HD,chkdsk /r can buy you more time,as can re formatting.
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