I recently upgraded my Desktop from Windows XP to vista ultimate. I am planning on upgrading the RAM in the very near future, right now it only has 1016MB of RAM. I have been gone all weekend at work and when I returned I attempted to start my computer. As it was booting there was a loud clicking noise that sounded like it was coming from inside my hard drive. Each time I attempt to start the computer it will click about 10-20 times and then stop. After a few more seconds a black bios screen will appear stating:
Intel EM64T Capable Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.00GHz
DDR400--> Operating in Dual Channel Memory Mode
Total Installed Memory: 1016MB System RAM
ATAPI CD-ROM 3M-HL-DT-STDVD-RAM GH22LP20
ATAPI CD-ROM 3S-HL-DT-STDVD-ROM GDR8163B
Press <F2> to run SETUP
After I press F2, in BIOS set up it states:
SATA Port-0 : not detected
SATA Port-1 : WDC WD2000
SATA Port-2 : not detected
SATA Port-3 : not detected
PATA Master : HL-DT-STDVD-RAM GH22LP20
PATA Slave : HL-DT-STDVD-ROM GDR8163B
I opened the computer to see if any wires had come loose, results were negative. I cleaned the connections to the hard drive and motherboard with an air can and I tried to change the connections to see if a different port may work, each time the computer booted the same error occured.
I inserted my Windows Vista disk to repair the problem, I choose "Start Up Repair" windows was unable to repair the problem automatically.
In the problem details the computer states "No Hard Drive" for Problem Signature 06 "Root cause found: A hard disk could not be found. If a hard disk is installed, it is not responding."
I have attempted to boot the computer in different ways, however the computer only offers two options:
Before this error occured I was unable to find a vista driver for my video card, the computer was running slow because the RAM was insufficient and I installed Kaspersky Internet Security 126.96.36.1996. I am currently lost as to how to fix this problem. I found a website (http://www.errornerd.com/MSN/index.php?k=Error-108&id=E108
) that will "fix error 108" however I can not run this software on my computer because I cannot boot it to Windows Vista. I have an external hard drive that I use for storage, could this help as a temporary fix so that I can adjust my computer to make it work properly again? Can anyone please help me?