MT only detects drives in CMOS; not in boot-up
Posted on 2003-02-27
This is the second computer I have built. Specs:
Epox EP-4PEA+ Motherboard + Intel 845PE
Kingston 512mb 2700 DDR333
Geoforce video (1.5v)
Immediately during the POST the MT emits a long continuous high pitch sound. Most of the internet research I have done points this sound to be a problem with RAM. The RAM is correctly inserted.
The screen indicates:
IDE Primary Master: no drive
IDE Primary Slave: no drive
IDE Secondary Master: no drive
IDE Secondary Slave: no drive
Yes, I have checked the jumpers repeatedly and changed them from master to cable select repeatedly. I have also changed the cable and changed the devices.
The interesting part is that when I hit "delete" during POST and enter CMOS setup, the CMOS correctly auto-detects and describes every drive. Upon hitting F10 (save settings and exit) POST indicates there are no drives.
POST display: Primary channel: no drive
Secondary channel: no drive.
Post also indicates 523264Kb of memory.
I have been playing with this for a few days. The BIOS looks for a way to boot from cd, so I inserted XP set-up cd and got as far as copying files and windows examining my system before it froze. I also hooked up the hard drive to my previous motherboard. It offered me the option to boot into safe mode, and when I chose it, Roxio go-back booted up, and then, every time, my computer restarted after Roxio. The entire time the MT was sounding the alarm.
When I try to insert XP set-up floppy disk, the screen reports I/O error. I recreated the disks to make sure they were correct and got the same error. I hooked up another floppy drive and got the same result. The floppy drive does show up in the POST and the CMOS. I have considered inserting a Windows 98 disk for the DOS, but I don't know DOS well enough to work with it.
I don't know how to get the MT to recognize the drives. I don't even know exactly how to describe that the CMOS recognizes the drives and out of CMOS they are not recognized. I would be extraordinarily grateful for any advice. We have had much snow here, and my cable modem has been running below standard. If a person is kind enough to post and I do not reply within a few hours, it is only because I have lost roadrunner and I am impatiently checking my internet connection.
Thank you again.