Posted 25 March 2008 - 02:01 PM
I have been having a weird issue with my PC lately, and i was hoping that the collective computer knowledge of BC could give me an answer. So, my computer has been having a random boot error lately.
Every few times i start up my computer, it goes through the basics, but fails to detect my hard drive, and then gives an error similar to, "boot device not found," i can't remember exactly what it is. Originally i was thinking that my master hard drive might be corrupt. I am running a master 500gb hard drive, and i have 120gb hard drive slaved to it. The weird thing is that when i unplug my slave, my master by itself boots fine, so that couldn't be it.
Then i was thinking maybe something was wrong with my jumper configuration, maybe one came loose or something. But i rechecked my jumpers and everything was set correctly according to the keys on the backs of the hard drives. When i plugged my slave back in, everything worked normally.
It continues however, that every few times i boot my computer, i have to unplug my slave, boot to windows, shut down, plug my slave back in, and then reboot in order for it to work properly. Sometimes it is the very next time i start my computer, sometimes it lasts for 4 or 5 restarts, but the average is about every 3 times i start it. This leads me to conclude that something is wrong with the boot device on my Mother Board, but i can't be sure.
So, i was hoping that someone here on BC could help me out, or that maybe someone has seen something like this before. I am especially interested in solutions that don't force me to replace my motherboard, as funds are a little tight right now, and by tight, i mean i can hardly afford the gas money to drive to work, let alone by new computer parts.