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Black creen on startup windows vista home


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Hi guys, first post so go easy on me.

I'm a novice at pc repairs so this might be quite a simple fix or it could be unfixable.

I have an oldish homebuilt pc which is giving me problems. About six months ago it was working perfectly. The next day I powered it up and I got a black screen. Then after a few hours of messing around the psu died. Today I got a new psu and replaced the cmos battery and it started up(well sort of). I got to the msi logo then I got this screen,

AMERICAN Released :03/05/2005 MEGATRENDS AMIBIOS (c) 2003 American Megatrens inc

AMD Athlon (tm) 64 Processor 3000+ Checking NVRAM.. 1048576kb OK DRAM Clock= 400MHz, SDRAM CAS Latency= 3 DEL:Setup F11:Boot Menu F12:Network boot Tab:logo Auto-Detecting Pri Master..IDE Hard Disk Auto-Detecting Pri Slave.. Not Detected Auto-Detecting Sec Master..ATAPI CDROM Auto-Detecting Sec Slave.. ATAPI CDROM Pri Master: YAR41BW0 Maxtor 6Y080L0 Ultra DMA Mode-6 S.M.A.R.T. Capable but disabled Sec Master: VER K036 IDE5232CO Sec Slave : A102 HL-DI-ST DVDRAM GSA-4163B

CMOS/GPNV Checksum Bad

Press f1 to run setup Press f2 to load default values and continue.

So if I press f1 I get the bios screen, f2 it tries to boot up but goes to this screen

Scan Devices.. please wait..... No disk attached

press shift tab key to display network boot options menu, if i press that the blue screen appears then after that I get the black screen of death.

Any ideas how to get it working?

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It doesn't seem to like your HDD

Switch off, try swapping HDD and Optical drive power and data cables then reboot

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