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« on: July 13, 2004, 12:24:29 PM »

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Operating System Version:2000 Professional/W98
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Problem Hardware Make & Model:Maxtor Fireball3/Samsung
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A friend asked me to repair his PC, then his frien thought he would do the same!!

I have had numerous problems with both PC's, neither would start post bios stage.

After replacing numerous parts etc etc, I still have the following problem:

I can get the hard drives to boot in their own PC's but they are both riddled with virusus, and needed formatting (at the request of the owners

I did this and now upon turning PC on, it says "hard drive fail"

I've tried starting up with 98 floppy's etc but to no avail.

So I used one of my other PC's to try and mount them as secondry drives, but neither are recognised.

So I then gor another hard drive, and used my PC to install windows.  It works on my PC, but not on any of the two problem ones.

So I now have 2 PC's that I need to give back to their owners TODAY!! and 2 hard drives which I need to put an operating system on.

I was going to give one of them my hard drive, but as I say, my PC recognises it, but niether of the others.  I seem to be going round in circles.

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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2004, 02:29:56 PM »

Take one pc and it's original HDD and make sure the Jumper on the back of the HDD is set to MASTER,connect it to the PRIMARY IDE on the FIRST available connector on the cable...NOT the last one.
Now boot the PC and enter the BIOS and set it to AUTO DETECT HDD,now click the AUTO DETECT button.
If it doesn't get Detected change the AUTO to Manual.
Read the HDD info on the hardrive and enter the info after changing the AUTO to USER.

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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2004, 05:14:10 PM »


Tried this - thanks - but auto detect did not recognise it, and manual did not after booting agin still same problem

(to clarify- this is after entering (or trying to enter) info on hard drive - when I set it to user and tried to enter the info it would not let me)
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2004, 06:07:08 PM »

Since reading other posts on this site I've also tried other things - like checking that the battery is seated properly, clearing the CMOS etc, but still have the problem that the hard drive that works in other computers is not recognised in the PC in question.  Also the original hard drive from this PC does not work anywhere.
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