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Primary IDE not installed

By kaf0911 ·
Please someone help....my pc has been causing me numerouse problems, it started when it wouldnt switch on unless the dvd / cd drive draw was open (strange I Know) finally after checking everything is connected ok I have managed to get it to boot up but only as far as the Hewlett Packard screen which only gives me the options to either F2 enter cmos setup or esc to post! when I go into cmos it says Primary ide not installed secondary ide not installed slaves not installed? is there anyone who can help? The operating system (which I can't get too is XP pro)
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If you're lucky,

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Primary IDE not installed

Open the case and make sure the cables between the motherboard and the hard drive are securely attached at both ends.

If that doesn't work, check the mobo for an unused connection similar to the one the hard drive is currently connected to. This will be a secondary hard drive controller. Try connecting the hard drive to it and rebooting.

If that fails, try connecting the drive to another machine and see if you can access it. If you're not lucky, the hard drive has died.

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