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Posted 17 December 2014 - 07:43 AM
Posted 17 December 2014 - 09:00 AM
If the bios does not detect the hard drive, either you have a failed hard drive, a problem with the connection (cable or dirty pins etc), or a motherboard problem. I would recommend you remove the hard drive and test it from another machine if you have the ability to do so. If not, you might try disconnecting and reconnecting the hard drive (re-seat) to verify the connection is good. Then check in bios again to see if the drive is listed.
Posted 17 December 2014 - 01:53 PM
Posted 17 December 2014 - 01:57 PM
It is possible the bios reports that test passed by default if there is no hard drive detected. I do not know what the test does specifically. Does the bios detect the hard drive anywhere else? Such as in sata devices? If the bios does not see the drive, something hardware related is bad. As mentioned, the quickest way to figure out what is bad might be to remove the hard drive and test it from a different machine.
Edited by zingo156, 17 December 2014 - 01:57 PM.
Posted 17 December 2014 - 02:09 PM
Posted 17 December 2014 - 02:17 PM
Most likely it would be a hard drive related issue, hard drives fail quite frequently, motherboards, not quite as frequently. You could see if the drive is visible from a linux bootable disc such as linux mint: http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php
Your computer should run either of the newer versions, for certain the 32bit version of Cinnamon should work. You would have to download mint and either burn it to a disc or setup a bootable usb drive. If you do not have another machine, that might be hard to do...
Posted 17 December 2014 - 02:41 PM
Posted 17 December 2014 - 03:07 PM
You don't need an identical computer to test the hard drive, any computer with a sata port should be able to see the drive (assuming it is sata). Any computer will work to burn the disc. Then you can use that disc in your current computer to see if linux detects the drive.
Posted 18 December 2014 - 12:29 AM
Posted 18 December 2014 - 08:05 AM
I have yet to see heat warp a ram stick but I suppose it is possible. If the computer still boots it might just be the hard drive that is failing. I would suggest you try to boot to linux and see if you can see the drive and try to copy data to an external drive or usb flash drive. Then I can advise you on how to run a diagnostic test on the hard drive.
Posted 18 December 2014 - 07:11 PM
Posted 18 December 2014 - 07:14 PM
Posted 19 December 2014 - 08:04 AM
It seems you have a bunch of failed hardware... Parts computer it is.
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