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show user profile  npcph
I have a computer that blue screened on me. the error was unmountable boot volume. So i tried a different hard drive and it came up with

"Drive 0 not found: sata ata, SATA-0
strike F1 to continue, f2 to run setup utility"

i hit F1 and It installed Windows fine but everytime i reboot the computer, it comes up with the drive not found error. hitting F1 and it boots fine.

Any thoughts on what would be the problem?

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2/23/2011 10:09:53 PM (last edit: 2/23/2011 10:09:53 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
2 things that i can think of, either the motherboard is failing or the psu is lacking juice at amperage spikes. there are few happy ending scenarios that i can imagine here which are a) the socket you are using belongs to a semi fried extra controller thats on board in which case changing the socket would fix it b) your cmos memory has become corrupt in which case resetting it (usually done via jumper on the board) would fix it, ofc you would have to manually restore the correct settings later c) some boards reset their own cmos when they panic in which case you would have to restore correct settings in bios setup

if none of these take most bios'es have a modifiable halt-on directive which you could set to none however this wouldnt fix anything, it would just ignore the error

while chips are rather fail retardant (a half broken chip can happily function for decades if you arent trying to use the broken features), without knowing whats actually wrong with your computer i cant give any suggestion as to whether to replace anything or even what to replace

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2/23/2011 11:40:19 PM (last edit: 2/23/2011 11:40:19 PM)
show user profile  npcph
Thanks for the info. I ended up resetting the bios and had to setup the hard drives and it works fine now. for some reason even though i had it only checking for drive 1, it was still looking for drive 0. I had drive 0 turned off but still looked for it. reseting it cancelled it out.

Anyone know if you have a monitor and it turns on and then goes off right away if it can be fixed? i have 7 of them and just wanted to check before i pitch them. i've tried them on other computers that i know work fine and they still do it. Some dell, mitsubishi, ctx and a hp.

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2/24/2011 6:41:23 PM (last edit: 2/24/2011 6:41:23 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
depends, if the green light goes on and then stays green but theres no picture its a very good chance that either the backlight is fried if its a lcd or that the line voltage transformer is fried if its a crt.
if its a lcd then replacing the backlight with an original one will probably cost you more then a new monitor, if you are lucky then some lcds use a cathode very similar to general mass produced cathodes which are cheap and you can usually get away with replacing it with one of those.
if its a crt then line transformers usually arent completely dead after failing, they usually have a screw like thingy that you can turn up to get more juice through which means they will display picture again but either the colors will be washed out or pixels are blurry or some other defect usually occours when doing so depending on the model (PS! take extreme caution if you are gonna try that since line transformers can zap the crap out of you even after being unplugged for months)

if the green light goes on then immediately off or yellow or whatever then for both lcds and crts there is a small chance that its internal ID circuit is fried (vga only) which is an easy fix since you can just pull out the pin out of the vga cable which will restore function in around half the cases (pin 11 counting from left to right->top to bottom iirc but its been a while i might be wrong)
also some lcds like to "play dead" after a minor surge while theres really nothing wrong, that can usually be fixed by just unplugging it for a few hours but sometimes you need to reset their memory (this operation widely varies from model to model so consulting a service manual should help you, they can usually be found online)

these are the good options that i can think of, if its something else then they are usually not worth fixing

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2/24/2011 7:34:23 PM (last edit: 2/24/2011 7:36:39 PM)
show user profile  npcph
thanks Stabby.

in this diagram, it is called an IDO pin. Is that the one your talking about?

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2/24/2011 7:52:11 PM (last edit: 2/24/2011 7:52:11 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
yes thats the one

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2/24/2011 10:33:36 PM (last edit: 2/24/2011 10:33:36 PM)
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