I would be forever indebted if you all could help me find a viable solution. I have a project due in a few days and a bulk of my work is on my hard drive. I shut down the computer last night as I always do and this morning when I wake up, the computer refuses to work. It reboots constantly. The best it gets is that it makes it to the log-on screen then restarts. I found out that the blue screen of death was coming up because "number of disks is not adequate to create a raid". That is the reason that comes up when I press 'tab'/ 'f1' (not sure which one, I whack both and it comes to that screen).
I'm running windows XP professional version and I only have one SATA harddrive installed. Mine is a custom desktop that a buddy built for me 2 years ago using various parts so i don't know how that would play a factor. That's the way it has been for 2 years and it has worked fine. I have made NO changes to the system, haven't installed anything new, or downloaded anything risky in the last week. I also have full anti-virus and firewall so I doubt that a virus could've caused this and seeing as how I haven't made any systems changes, I'm thinking the problem could be some mechanical or hardware failure?
I found a similar thread on here where the user encountered "number of disks is not adequate to create a raid" message and was told to replace the CMOS battery. I switched out the CMOS battery on my desktop and replaced it with my other desktop's CMOS battery and the problem persists. Only thing is that the other desktop also restarts sometimes and if the problem is CMOS battery, the other battery that I swapped in could be equally faulty. I bought a new one for $5 but I'm hesitant in putting that in if the problem could be something else.
People say RAID is not supposed to be enabled unless there are 2 hard drives but I haven't changed anything and it was defaulting to RAID setting. Under RAID, the BIOS was showing "not detected" for primary IDE master, primary ide slave, secondary and third. When I switch the bios setting from RAID to IDE, the BIOS does detect "hard disk" under primary IDE master, but nothing else and the problem still persists. That's another thing that makes me think the problem is not CMOS battery because as far as I understand it, a shot CMOS battery would mean that the BIOS settings I'm manually changing shouldn't be saved from reboot to the next reboot? Yet, when I change the onboard SATA-IDE settings from RAID to IDE or vice versa, it seems to save that and still continues with the constant blue screen of death and reboot.
What CAN I DOOOOOOOO?? Please help. Free cookies.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCED.
Edited by aunggu2002, 22 July 2010 - 02:27 AM.