Drive is not recognized
Posted 08 December 2006 - 02:14 PM
Posted 08 December 2006 - 02:33 PM
You could also run Check Disk on the C:\ drive to check it. Open My Computer, right click over "Local Disk (C:)" and choose Properties, Tools tab, Check Now button. You'll most likely get a message about running Check Disk at the next boot. Tell it yes, then restart. If the disk has errors, hopefully Check Disk will find them.
Posted 08 December 2006 - 02:45 PM
What we discussed last night was the possibility that you have the dirty bit set on your machine. We'll check for that in a minute, but first, my usual flurry of questions.
Which machine are you on and what has been done to it recently? Has the CMOS been reset or the motherboard battery removed?
Is the hard drive connected to the same IDE channel (ribbon cable) as the cd-rom drive?
Click Start, then Run, type cmd, and click "Ok". At the prompt in the command window that opens, type fsutil dirty query c: and press "Enter".
Does the result of this indicate the drive is "Dirty"?
Type exit and press "Enter" to end the command session.
Open Control Panel and double click the "System" icon. Under the "Advanced" tab, in the "Startup and Recovery" section, click on the "Settings" button.
In the window that appears, click the "Edit" button. A notepad window will open (boot.ini). Copy the contents of that window and Paste it here for me. Close the notepad window.
Posted 08 December 2006 - 02:53 PM
Posted 08 December 2006 - 03:00 PM
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
THere you are sir. I certainly hope that this helps.
Posted 08 December 2006 - 03:23 PM
The dirty bit is not set and the boot instructions are in good order. That you have been able to get it to boot at all tells me the boot sector is probably ok. Probably in the hardware.
Let's re-cable the IDE channels. The way you have the IDE channels configured is where I suspect the problem is. Hard drives and cd-rom drives have different DMA settings and can cause memory read errors if they are on the same channel. This will require that you shut the machine down...which I know you don't really want to do, but I need you to check something in the BIOS setup, too. Unless you remember what your boot priority is set to. It needs to be CD-ROM - HDD - Floppy.
Shut down and unplug the machine. Open it up and locate the Primary IDE connector...It should either be colored blue or will be the connector closest to the edge of the board. Connect this channel to the HDD's...the end connector to the Primary Master HDD and the center connector to the other HDD. Make sure the jumper on the second drive is set to "Slave".
Connect the Secondary IDE channel to the cd-rom drives the same way...again jumpering the second cd-rom as "Slave".
This way you are putting "like devices" on the same channel. While you have the machine open, double check that all the cabling is secure and the RAM is firmly seated in the slots.
Fire it back up and see if it boots to Windows.
Posted 08 December 2006 - 03:32 PM
Posted 08 December 2006 - 03:41 PM
Posted 08 December 2006 - 03:53 PM
Also, I do have a floppy drive, so should I keep the boot priority as you suggested?
Posted 08 December 2006 - 03:59 PM
Leave the boot priority as it is...that can always be changed later if need be.
I really think it was the way the drives were cabled, but keep me posted. Feel free to shoot me a PM if you have more problems like that.
12 minutes...that's gotta be some kind of a record...
Posted 08 December 2006 - 04:07 PM
THANKS, AGAIN. I'm not sure what I would do without you people and this site. You're a great help to us wannabes (no pun intended).
Posted 08 December 2006 - 04:17 PM
We enjoy sharing the knowledge, poppyal...that's why we do what we do.
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