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PC wont boot after hard drive failed & was replaced


Nickelback1
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I have replaced the hard drive on an old computer after it failed with a working hard drive & it is will not boot after the bios & memory check into windows either from the replacement drive or windows vista CD even after changing the boot order to CD first in the bios.

The computer is recognising the new drive in boot up. But it's stuck in a loop that just brings it back to: "Windows cannot start due to a computer hardware configeration problem"

Looks like I need some software to auto clear the disk so I can do a fresh windows install as I have no keyboard access after the bios check completes although I can change the bios with a keyboard ?

Any suggestions as to how to fix ?

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lotvic

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I'm confused now, are you saying the keyboard works when you are in the BIOS settings but doesn't work when you try to boot from the XP cd? (when you try to press 'any key' at the prompt).

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Nickelback1

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It's a IBM Deskstar Model: DPTA-372730 27.3Gb 7200rpm Hope that helps

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Nickelback1

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lotvic: Exactly right, works in the bios, but not afterwards when it tries to load XP from the disk or HD. That's what though me, it's weird ?

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markd71

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Check the ide pins on both the drive and the motherboard to see are any bent or broken or loose

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Nickelback1

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Checked pins @ both ends all good & straight

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markd71

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Make / model of pc ?

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Nickelback1

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Gigabyte K7 Triton GA-7N400L REv1 main board, specialist PC built

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Nickelback1

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AMD Athlon 2800

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lotvic

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Two choices, try both:

To check if it is the keyboard that is no longer recognised after POST: does the 'NUM Lock' light stay on? to check if keyboard is responsive: press the 'Caps Lock' and see if the light comes on.

I think (hope) you are possibly just mistiming your key press at the 'press any key' prompt, try repeatedly tapping the space bar, start doing it just before you expect the prompt to come up.

If you want to wipe the old XP off the Harddrive hook it up to another pc and delete the partition via rightclick 'My Computer' -> Manage

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N47.

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Check in bios that the old hard drive has been removed from standard cmos defaults and that the new drive is the boot drive in advance cmos defaults.

The press F6 to leave the bios. This will load the file safe default settings of the cmos.

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