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Two error at boot up. no 80conductor... and cpu is unworkable.


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#1 raf96

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 09:54 AM

Hi there.
Recently I fell on my PC, literally... (long story) :thumbsup:. at the same time i spilled some coffee on my keyboard. So... I changed a keyboard and everything seems to be working fine, but I get those two messages at boot up.

Secondary IDE channel no 80 conductor cable installed.
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CPU is unworkable or has been changed. Please recheck-CPU soft menu.

Now like I said, everything seems to be working fine, but the error keeps coming up every time I restart my PC.
I think most likely it was a temporary disconnection of something due to an impact, but I wanted to ask, what do you guys think that I should do?

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 12:48 PM

I would remove and reseat everything-memory, all PCI and video cards (if applicable) and the CPU
Make sure all cable connections are tight and fully plugged in
Keep in mind to re-apply the thermal compound for the heatsink
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#3 raf96

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 04:34 AM

Ok... i checked all the connections except for a CPU itself. The reason for it is I don't know how to remove the heat sink on top of it, (see attached photo).
Secondly, I don't have any thermal compound for the heat sink. I consider myself an illiterate when it comes to a motherboards hardware.Which brings me to some "clear things up for me " questions.

1. If I don't have this compound should I even play around with that heat sink?

2. 80 conductor cable- does it refer to a connection between a CPU and motherboard, or is it something else?

3. Can I just reset that error, so it won't come up anymore, or since it keeps coming up it means that the issue persists and needs to be remedied.

4. Can windows be somehow responsible? I don't think so, but I better mention that just in case. I'm at a point that I will soon be doing a windows reinstall.

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 09:48 AM

Check your IDE cable on your secondary IDE (likely your CD/DVD drives). Your motherboard thinks you have an older 40 conductor cable in place of a newer one, maybe due to being loose.


As for the second message about the CPU, go into BIOS and set the multiplier and FSB and save it. Check your CMOS battery as well. Is the time/date correct in the BIOS. A loose/bad battery will usually reset the time/date to whatever it feels like. I wouldn't try to physically check your CPU at this point as this looks to be a possible BIOS problem.

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 12:18 PM

Just to let you know...

aaight... multiplier factor was set to 12.5 and it wasn't adjustable
ext.clock was set to 166mhz
FSB/dram was set to "auto"
day/time set in bios was correct.
all "ribbon" connectors checked.

I played around with some figures in bios, but I did put them back as they were. I saved and...... it worked. [biggrin]
So technically I havent done a damn thing, but it worked... he he he... I love happy endings.

My next stop... C format... Damn... I'm getting annoyed just thinking about it :flowers: All those little damn programs, all the windows updates, start, restart, start ,restart, ... yup... we all love it... :thumbsup:

Anyways... Thanks a lot guys for your assistance, when it comes to ask someone for help with a PC, you guys are the best.

Thanks again... PEACE!




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