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Laptop does not detect HDD


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#1 Crono139

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 12:26 PM

I just attempted to fix my laptop monitor (green vertical line, likely due to a oddly positioned ribbon cable; to make matters worse, I don't think that I was even able to fix that).

During the process, I had a few of the main components removed (HDD, battery, wireless card, etc) from the bottom of the laptop. The keyboard was removed as well. After I changed what I did in regards to the ribbon cable, I put everything back together.

I booted up XP, and it provided me with the message asking me what I would like to boot into. I hit Enter to start XP normally. The loading bar came up, remained blank for a few seconds, a blue screen then flashed for a split-second, and finally, XP rebooted. It is now a continuous process.

I grabbed one of my old XP CDs, and attempted to run the Recovery Console. After selecting that option, I get a message saying that my HDD cannot be detected.

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In theory, because XP at least attempts to boot up XP (visual evidence is the loading screen), isn't the HDD at least being slightly detected?

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 10:58 PM

Turn it on & start tapping the F8 key
You should get a screen offering startup options
[May take a few tries to get it]
Use the arrow key[s] to hilit Last known good configuration
Press Enter
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Posted 19 June 2009 - 11:09 PM

He's getting a BOSD, he needs to go into the boot menu and disable the restart upon error command, or what ever it was called.

We need to see what the error is. ;[

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 01:37 AM

Last known configuration ends in the same result.

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It's definitely the HDD that is acting up in some way.

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 09:10 AM

FWIW: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms...mbedded.5).aspx

More info on 7B STOP errors at http://www.aumha.org/a/stop.htm

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 11:16 PM

Anyone know any other test methods?

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 10:57 AM

I have found in the past that a checkdisk from the Recovery console can often fix a lot of problems. If you can find someway to get Recovery Console to see your hard drive, then I would run check disk with the /R /P flags.
If Last Good Configuration doesn't work, try safe mode. If THAT doesn't work, I would check to see if your laptop needs third-party drivers for it's HDD controller. What kind of computer do you have?

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 11:36 AM

Last known configuration does not work.

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 01:03 PM

You could try this, Help Diagnosing BSODs And Crashes (BC) - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/176011/how-to-receive-help-diagnosing-blue-screens-and-windows-crashes/

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 01:50 PM

You could try this, Help Diagnosing BSODs And Crashes (BC) - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/176011/how-to-receive-help-diagnosing-blue-screens-and-windows-crashes/

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No help there because I can't get into Windows.

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 03:09 PM

Can it boot into safe mode at all?

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 05:14 PM

No.

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 06:01 AM

You could try the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows ( http://www.ubcd4win.com/ ) to run a check disk, or to at least see if that detects your drive. Oddly enough, for me the last time something like this happened was after a BIOS upgrade, when it changed my SATA settings in the BIOS from ATA to AHCI, you might see what it's set on and try the opposite setting (eg. ATA -> AHCI or AHCI -> ATA) to see if that helps. But it had roughly the same reaction, Windows would start loading, then bluescreen.

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 10:02 AM

FWIW: Changing the BIOS settings to AHCI after XP is installed...has been known to cause system problems.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Host...oller_Interface See Common Problems...

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 04:48 PM

I tried ERD, and the HDD isn't detected there.




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