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- This problem will stump even you
June 4, 2005, 2:05 pm
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5 different sticks of 256 ram
Asrock K7S41GX/E/M/ASR motherboard
PCCHIPS M825G Motherboard
Western Digital WD400 40 gig hard drive
Maxtor 80 gig hard drive
Those are all the combinations
Using all of the Western digital software, the hard drive was low level
formatted three times. Partitioned to only c drive several times.
partitioned to c drive 50% and d drive 50%.
Drive low level formatted with no problem, partitioned with no problem,
formatted with no problem.
Using all of the MAXTOR software to low level, test, partition, and format
the 80 gig hard drive, everything tested and loaded fine.
Put Windows 98 CD in the cdrom and booted to install and it comes up with a
problem with the hard drive.
Change motherboards, change memory, change hard drives.
Usuing the 40 gig and using fdisk and format, the hard drive will format
with system installed and will not boot.
Boot with floppy and copy files to C drive with no problem, BUT, when I try
to run any dos program on the C drive, it comes up NOT READING DRIVE C.
The only part of this whole thing is that the same AMD Sempron 2400.
The first problem I had to begin with was that the computer wouldn't read
any CD-rom drive. It showed the CDROM in the bios, Loaded it as Drive D,
but, when I put in any cd and type DIR, they flashed a couple of times and
then nothing. That was with the Asrock motherboard. So I bought the pchcips
motherboard and the CDROMS started to work. But, then the hard drive
From that point it has been downhill all the way.
Re: This problem will stump even you
Try booting with the bare minimum devices (hard drive, floppy or cdrom,
and video card). Also use one stick of ram in the #1 slot. If all goes
well add one peice of hardware and reboot. Check your ribbons, it's
rare but they fail. Be sure that the ribbon boot is lined-up with the
#1 pin on your cd, hard drive and motherboard (the device and board are
marked and the red strip on the ribbon indicates #1).
You could have a bad stick of memory OR the memory is not seated well.
Your power supply may be at fault. Depending on your system build you
probably need 400-450w minimum.