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Thread: Old system, what to do next?




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    Default Old system, what to do next?

    I have an old system I'm working on that someone wants me to get going for them that they bought at a rummage sale for $5. I managed to get Windows 98SE installed on it and I found all the curent drivers for the system. However this was not an easy task since I had a tough time tring to get the system to recognize the harddrive. I've had to manually go into the bios and try several times to get it to see the drive. Even when saved and set to auto or user the system seems to loose track of the IDE harddrive and then you have to go back into the bios and try to get it to find it again. This happens most often after several reboots. When I was first trying to get the system to reconize the drive I did try another drive but it seemed to have a tough time seeing that one also.
    Does this sound like a mainboard issue with the IDE port or something else? I've tried different IDE cables and updated the bios from vers 3.3 to the latest version 3.7 but this didn't seem to help much. My next step will probably be to take it outside to the air compressor and blow air on the IDE port on the mainboard incase there is some type of contamination on it but I didn't see anything at first glance, so my hopes of this being the cuase are not very high.

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    Default Re: Old system, what to do next?

    Sounds like a HD problem. Try plugging the HD into the secondary IDE channel and see if you get the same thing. If so, definate HD problem or IDE controller took a ****.

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    Default Re: Old system, what to do next?

    Quote Originally Posted by amd_man2005
    Sounds like a HD problem. Try plugging the HD into the secondary IDE channel and see if you get the same thing. If so, definate HD problem or IDE controller took a ****.

    This I'm sure is a really stupid question but I'm guessing the only way to fix the IDE controller is to relace the mainboard. Right?

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    Default Re: Old system, what to do next?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spongebob
    This I'm sure is a really stupid question but I'm guessing the only way to fix the IDE controller is to relace the mainboard. Right?
    Yes and no. I don't recommend fixing the IDE controller; I recommend installing an add-on PCI-bus based ATA-133 card. They are cheap, and support the fastest ATA standard. But if you want to "fix" the controller, then yes, you are best off replacing the mainboard. Choose door #1.

    And amd man, thanks for fixing my account; I actually did complete the registration and verification, so that's wierd.
    Last edited by Das Capitolin; 07-08-2006 at 07:13 AM.

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    I have had similar problems with a few systems spread out amung friends, IDE controler was partialr fried, PCI card fixed everything. Had to reinstall windows though.
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    Default Re: Old system, what to do next?

    Just a thought. Is it possible that the mobo battery is dieing? You might only notice that it is forgetting the hard drive but maybe it is loosing its' mind altogether.
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    Default Re: Old system, what to do next?

    Quote Originally Posted by PrairieDawg
    Just a thought. Is it possible that the mobo battery is dieing? You might only notice that it is forgetting the hard drive but maybe it is loosing its' mind altogether.
    I'm just starting to do some troubleshoots on it this morning. I think I'll run up town to get a battery right away. Thanks for all the imput people.


    UPDATE: It must be the harddrive. I tried one of my old Maxtor drives that I have laying around and it seems to see that every time. Plus it see's it in about 2 seconds versus the 30 seconds or more that the original took whenever it decides to be found.
    Last edited by Spongebob; 07-10-2006 at 06:53 AM.

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