What piece of hardware is the culprit here?
Posted on 2008-11-12
I have a serious problem and just cannot figure it out. I need to know what my options are soon, for I have had this man's PC for over a week. I thought a new MB and CPU and Ram would fix things, but apparently not so.
I spent a week and 31 posts before I was helped by an expert here that a IDE connector was bad on a certain MB. I was able to reinstall windows from another IDE connector. I triple checked every piece of hardware on that PC. PSU is good. DVD Roms were good. Memory was good. I got it up and running but I needed 2 IDE connectors so I hunted for a cheap MB/CPU combo for this man and found one.
I ordered the new MB and Processor to replace the antique setup above. It arrived today and It is a cheap AM2 Biostar K8M600 Micro AM2 ,of which I have bought several prior to this and all have worked out fine, to replace older systems gone awry, for under $100.00. it appears I should have left things the way they were.
I put the MB in the old case with the older DVD Roms and Floppy and PSU. Brand new is the MB, a Sempron 3800 AM2 cpu and the memory. With ONLY the HDD connected, The 1st boot did not boot into BIOS. The 2nd boot was with the hdd cable in a different IDE connector (that was the 1st thing I did) and the boot went into the Bios great, but did not see the HDD.
However, It went into the bios ONLY after I put the HDD into 2ndary IDE port. JUST EXACTLY LIKE the older motherboard acted . How could that possibly be, with brand new cables and nothing else connected. This new board has never seen the optical drives or the hdd, IF and WHEN it booted into the BIOS. After 20 restarts----Bios came up maybe 6 times.
I Now began the same changing combinations of cables IDE connectors, all hardware unplugged, some hardware plugged, ETC. so I could get it to see the hdd.. Only thing I have not done is try a PCI E Video card as a opposed to the onboard video. I will do that as I wait for a response to this question. If that does not work, I will need you experts badly, because I am stumped.
Now the PC will not even Pull up the bios now, no matter what combo of hardware or more accurately, NON-hardware, I try. I have tried maybe 20 restarts, and I may have accidentally unplugged the HDD and or cables while the PC was plugged in. I must tell you that.
I have a funny feeling that the wires on this old case could be the cause of the problem. Is that possible, since I have I think, ruled out everything else? The orignal MB is siittng there staring at me and laughing. It just has a broken IDE, but other than that and its age, it is fine. I fear I have wasted my money trying to help someone. should have left things with just one ide.
What is wrong here and is there any way it could be the case itself or case wiring?
Thank you in advance,