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I bought a new motherboard, connect everything. But when it starts it says it doesnt detect the harddrive and i tried reinstalling with 2 diffrent Window XP discs they also so there is no harddrive. But everything is connected, and i can hear the harddrive running.

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by:RavingNun
ID: 13670868
Comp Info
Intel 530 3.0 GHZ
ECS PF21 EXTREME
1024 MB DDR2 400 PC3200
Geforce FX 6800
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by:herbus
ID: 13670978
If you can hear the hard drive running, then it's getting power, but you'll want to make sure that the computer is detecting the drive before you can even think about putting windows on...

Are you familiar with the computer BIOS?  Go into the BIOS and you should be able to tell it to scan for your hard drive,.. you may have to scan 4 different times (primary master & slave, secondary master & slave)... if it detects it, great, if not then you'll want to check the cabling is in properly and plugged in the right way... have you put together a PC before..?  If you need any advice on which way cables need to be, let us know...

Alternatively, if you have a Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive, then you should have a separate SATA BIOS which will let you see if the drive is being detected there...

See how you go, and good luck
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by:RavingNun
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Yes i went into the bios, there is no option for scanning harddrives, i checked and there is no sata drive. I also checked the sata menu(Ctrl+S) and it does not detect anything. Cabling is all good used diffrent cables and yes i have put together a pc before but a totally new one because I had a dell computer before and i just switched the motherboard with the same old equipment. But i also heard that you cannot switch computers with SATA harddrives only with SSCI Removable ones. So i dont know if that effects a new motherboard too.
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herbus earned 2000 total points
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From what I can see, the ECS PF21 EXTREME uses an Award BIOS,.. yeah?

If you jump in to BIOS, you should see "Standard CMOS Features" or the like... it's in there that you should find the options for detecting hard drives... "IDE Primary Master" etc etc... if that's not there then I can only scratch my head :)

I'm hoping you do find that spot, and can make sure that each of the 4 channels is set to Auto detect...

Is the hard drive new as well, or taken from another machine..?  If you plug it in to another PC (if you have one handy) will it fire up normally?

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by:RavingNun
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NVM, the motherboard has 6 SATA drives, 4 of them are controlled by something called a SIS controller and the other 2 is by the south bridge as it says in the manual. I pluged into Sata 5 which is controlled by southbridge and it works.
I wilL give you the points though for trying.
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by:RavingNun
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But now, after the windows splash screen, it says it is corrupted. I tried reinstalling but wont work.
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by:herbus
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What does it say exactly..?

When you reinstall, do you use an image disc or emergency recovery disc or the windows cd itself?  At what point does the reinstall fail..? Any reason given as to why..?

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by:RavingNun
ID: 13671321
The Windows disc itself, tried with both my disc again. It detects it perfectly in Bios and in the loading splash screen. It says Windows has shut down due to:
Hard Drive Corruption
If you have any new HardDrive Disks or HardDrive Controllers please remove them immediately.
etc

It is a Blue Error Screen
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by:herbus
ID: 13671377
We'll get there :)  If it's a blue screen error, you should have a STOP error code... whatsit?
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by:RavingNun
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***STOP: 0x0000007B
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by:herbus
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7B indicates it's not finding the system partition on the drive...

Because this drive is on a different SATA channel than it ever has been before, Windows is probably just a little confused (they should make these things easier really)... if you can boot with the XP CD, and choose the Recovery Console, you should be able to run the "Bootcfg" command to scan for Windows installations... this should find what it needs and correct the boot.ini file

Otherwise, worst case, you could delete the existing partition from the drive (using FDISK from a bootable DOS floppy or the like) so you can create a fresh partition and installation... Windows can get grumpy when it's taken from one mboard to another, and a clean install is normally a good idea anyway

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by:RavingNun
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Started new topic:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Q_21371350.html

that has 500 points answer from there
and the recovery console does not work and no floppy drive only the windows disc
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