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      07-04-2005
I know it doesn't make sense but have you tried replacing the drive cables?

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"Will" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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>I am having some system problems (my HD stopped working for a bit, but was
> able to get it up and running a little). So, I decided to change out the
> drive, but the system will not boot without the original drive installed.
> To clarify...it will not boot to another hard drive, SCSI device, CD-ROM,
> etc, unless the old drive is present. If it is present, the computer will
> only boot another HD, no CDs or SCSI devices (even when set in the BIOS).
>
> Setup:
> Asus A7A26 (ALI chipset, BIOS v 1009)
> (all drives are SEAGATE)
> primary slave: ST380013A (new HD) 80GB
> secondary master: Creative PC DVD drive
> Secondary slave :ST340824a (original HD) 40GB
> -- have tried all sorts of master/slave combinations to no avail, just
> gave
> up with this setting
> Maxtor ATA133 controller card
> -ST312002 120GB
> -ST320082 200GB
> -ST380021 80GB
> 512MB RAM
> AMD Athlon 1700+
> Sparkle 350W PS
> Windows XP pro
> ---no floppy installed---
>
> Linksys NIC
> SB Audigy 2zs
> Adaptec USB2 4-port PCI card
> Asus GeForce 3 Ti500 vdeo card
> Plextor 24/10/40u external CD burner
> Adaptec 7-port external hub
> MS wireless keyboard/mouse
>
> I have not listed programs, as the computer does not even make it far
> enough
> without that drive installed to make a difference, when booting without
> the
> drive, the POST passes, then it checks the ATA133 card, finds the drives,
> and says: PRESS ANY KEY TO REBOOT.
> I have changed the boot configuration in the BIOS many times, with no
> effect.
> I also realize that I have a lot of things in the system for a 350W PS,
> but
> stability has never been the problem, and for this situation, I have
> unplugged drives, to see if the PS was the culprit...no matter what else I
> change, I can boot up ONLY with that 40GB drive attached somewhere on the
> on-board IDE controller (either primary or secondary)
>
> Thanks,
>
> William
> p.s. I will give any missing system configuration information that might
> be
> helpful that I forgot to add.
>
>



 
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