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#1 volcane2

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 08:32 AM

Hi! i'm newbie here.........unable to boot Xp Pro window after replacing optical 'IDE' dvd writer to 'SATA' optical dvd writer.... but
if i add the 'SATA' optical drive as ' secondary or slave it boots up with no problems, any clues ???

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 08:38 AM

i'm unable to boot to XP Windows (but past 'POST') with black screen blinking cursor on left hand side.........i had tried several ways to solve but still fails
includes.........repair XP windows using CD , its stop after copying files.....unable to enter safe mode also........tried recovery console 'fixMBR' n 'fixboot'
Please advice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!i don't to reformat cos' important datas inside............. Any rescue ?????????

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 12:38 PM

I think you are confused somewhat...or I am (highly possible) :thumbsup:.

A SATA drive doesn't reflect as "slave" unless it is in the BIOS. I know that my BIOS reflects them that way, but I pay no attention to it because I don't boot from them.

If your BIOS is like my BIOS...it moves a SATA drive ahead of any PATA/IDE drives in the boot order listing in the BIOS...when SATA drives are attached. So, it is possible that attaching a SATA drive to a system...may unintentionally change the boot-order-option sequence as reflected in the BIOS.

It's also possible that your BIOS has your optical drive as the first boot device...I don't know, but some leave their systems that way.

In such case, the system would try to boot from a SATA optical drive (which, of course, can only be the boot device if a bootable disk is inserted) and the result would be a system that would not boot.

If this is the case, the solution is simply to make your boot drive your first boot option.

If I've not understood...just chalk it up to me being me :flowers:.

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 12:44 PM

The typical cure for this is using the fixmbr command, Black Screen (fixmbr) - http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;en-us;314503

If you've properly tried this command and it didn't fix it...and you've tried a repair install and it failed to complete...my guess would be that you have hard drive or memory situations.

I would test both.

Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/

MemTest Manual - http://hcidesign.com/memtest/manual.html

Memtest86.com - Memory Diagnostic - http://www.memtest86.com/

There are other Recovery Console commands which might be applicable, but...I don't see how they could possibly be more effective than a repair install.

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 01:21 PM

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 07:02 PM

Louis. thanks......... but i still don't get it....what shall i do if i just replace dvd drive from 'IDE' to 'SATA'? In my case the XP window doesn.t want to boot!!!
Sorry........ i'm abit slow in understanding people ideas........Any adjustment in my BIOS?

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 07:20 PM

From Post #3: If this is the case, the solution is simply to make your boot drive your first boot option (in the BIOS).

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