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Problems Installing In A Second Sata Hard Drive


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#1 FrankGifford

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 12:40 PM

Hello, all.
~I installed a 2nd SATA hard drive to my Emachine T5020, running Windows XP Media Edition, to use for storage. When I turned on the computer upon completing installation, everything got power, and was connected properly, but the monitor was not getting a signal from the tower. The display just kept giving me a message to check my connections (properly connected) and that the "Self Test" showed the monitor as working properly. When I unplugged my new hard drive, everything came up as normal. Is there some kind of known conflict that I am expiriencing?

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#2 JeremyTM

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 01:45 PM

Sometimes your video adapter doesn't detect the monitor properly when you first boot.

Make sure that the monitor has been turned on at least a few seconds before you boot the computer - if you boot the computer and power on the monitor at the same time, or power on the monitor after starting to boot, many video adapters won't detect the monitor properly.

Also check to see if the hard drive you installed is set to "slave" on the jumper options on the hard drive.

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 02:25 PM

You don't have to worry about jumper settings with SATA drives. I can't see how a hard drive would effect a monitor at all. Are you sure the video card is seated properly and you're not bumping it loose when you're poking around the case?
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#4 FrankGifford

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 02:46 PM

Actually, this same thing happened a month ago, when I installed a 1GB DDR Ram chip. I put it in one of 2 empty slots, and monitor didn't work. Switched to the other slot, and it came up just fine. Everyone said I didn't have to assign slave status via jumper to the new drive b/c it is SATA, but after reading JeremyTM's suggestion, and b/c i was at that point frustrated beyond belief, I tried it. Lo, and behold, once I used a jumper, it came up with no problem. I am currently formatting the second drive. Thanks for the help!!!

Edited by FrankGifford, 23 June 2008 - 02:50 PM.


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Posted 23 June 2008 - 10:50 PM

The only jumper on a SATA hdd is for the purpose of forcing the transfer speed from 300MB/s to 150MB/s so that older SATA controllers can be used.

Each SATA hdd is a point to point connection to the host adapter, this basically mean the each SATA hdd is effectively a Master.

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#6 FrankGifford

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Posted 24 June 2008 - 07:28 AM

Well, whatever the prob. was, it is fixed now. I've never had a problem with monitor conflict until this Emachine i have...




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