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Replaced Poser Supply

Posted on 1998-03-12
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I replaced the power supply in a clone 486.  Although I thought I had the cables connected correctly, when I boot up it counts the KB's then gives me the WAIT....for about 3 minutes then I get Hdd controller failure and Fdd controller failure.  What am I doing wrong.
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eckspurt earned 50 total points
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You wouldn't be getting that far if you hadn't hooked the power supply up correctly, so you're okay that far.

With a HD/FD "controller" failure (not necessarily the controller's fault), you likely hooked the drive cables up wrong.  Maybe you removed them from the motherboard or controller card when you replaced the power supply?

It's also possible, although I hope not your situation, that if you first hooked up the power supply cable backwards, you could have (cringe) fried your drive controller.

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by:rmarotta
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Check the BIOS settings at bootup for correct entrys.
Try to remove-reinsert the I/O card.
Ralph

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by:kimberlyv
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If indeed I fried my controller, and since it's on the motherboard, I suppose that I am SOL huh?
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by:rmarotta
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Is the time set correctly or back to the default?
Did you check your CMOS settings for the drives?

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If you managed to toast your HD controller and nothing else, you ought to be able to disable it with the BIOS and stick in a new controller card.  IDE cards are pretty cheap.

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