system wont start when 80gb Maxtor drive is plugged in
Posted on 2006-07-09
Hi, I have bene rebuilding an old pc with a soltak sl75kav motherboard, a CD rewriter, a DVD drive, 512 mb memory, gforce 4 4200ti, 80gb master and 20gb slave drives and soundblaster 128 sound card.
the system has been fine and i've reinstalled windows and antivirus, benchmark apps to test it out and some games. All was going fine until 2 days ago when I turned it on and the lights on the pc flickered and nothing else happened. it did this once more before absolutly nothing happened when i pressed the power button. i unplugged the power lead had a look round and then plugged it back in to find it then worked again.
However, today nothing. i took the machine apart thinking it scrap and just as a second thought powered up with just the motherboard on. it started. I have now found it is the 80gb drive, When it has the power lead plugged in the system wont even start the bios, the cpu fan twitches but thats it. unplug the 80gb and its fine, apart from my operating system is on the 80gb.
Any ideas whats up with the drive. Is it fixable. there have been no power surges, no knocks or anything that I can think of. If the drive had crashed surely it wouldnt stop the system from trying to start at least.