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Old 11-14-2004, 12:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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strange error

During the post this message is displayed "ide channel 1 no 80 conductor cable installed".

Next it loads windows splash screen and hangs, and will not boot into windows.

I tried to going into safe mode, I tried using use last known working configuration, and repairing an installation and all do the same thing and freeze.

I tried reseating all the ide cables, still the same message shows, and windows won't boot.

I finally replaced all the ide cables, and still the same message is showing during the post, and still it is unable to boot to windows.

Until today this computer was working great, it had Zone Alarm, Spybot Search & Destroy, Spywareblaster, Mozilla Firefox, and Trend Micro Antivirus. I would like to reformat, but there is data that has not been backed up...so I guess Im wondering what I should do next.

The computer is a GQ and has the following:
AMD Athlon +2000, 40GB HDD, 128 MB DDR Memory, CdRW Drive, CD Rom Drive, Windows XP Pro. The only hardware added was the CD RW Drive, and the OS was replaced to XP Pro, from Linspire/Lindows.

TIA, for help you can offer

-zero2
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Old 11-14-2004, 01:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Formatting probably won't change antyhing, since you're getting an error at post you know it's a hardware problem, not software. Heres somethings that it could be:

Your old IDE Cable (80-pin) died partially, but still enough for your computer to realize the HD was connected and attempt to boot. And you replaced it with a 40-pin cable.

A pin got bent or broken on the hard drive's IDE connector and not all pins are connecting.

The cable thats connected is a 40-pin ide cable and the hard drive is set to use 80-pin in the bios (probably something asking weather the hard drive is ata66, 100, or 133)

Or the hard drive ide controller somehow got fried.

Easiest solution, see if you plugged an 80-pin cable in ( literally if theres 80 tiny wires on the ide cable) and if not, set the hard drive to ata66(or 100 i forget). Or buy an 80-pin cable. Keep us posted! and good luck!
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