IBM Laptop Won't Boot From HD

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I have an IBM T40.   The computer will not boot from either HD I install.   Is this a motherboard or BIOS issue,  assuming the HD's are good and properly installed?   If it's a MB issue, is there anyway to verify the IDE controller is bad?
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If you are able to load the HDD while it is in the system then IDE Controller most likely is NOT bad ... However, if you are preloading on another system and then placing them into the system and not booting there's no telling what's wrong ...

And normally if the IDE Controller is bad, on a desktop I'd hook it to the secondary and try booting - but that's not usually an option on a notebook ... So most likely if the drive is loading while in the system and not booting thereafter, you will need to replace the MB.
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1) Test the drive using vendor diagnostics on a bootable cd.

UBCD is free and has this and other tests, or use the iBM diagnostics.


 UBCD Free with Disk tests and Vendor utilities
www.ultimatebootcd.com

I hope this helps !
How are you loading the OS onto the HDD?
Are you imaging them from another system, or doing a fresh OS install?
I would check the BIOS settings for the list of devices to boot from and make sure the HDD is properly set there.  If it is, it sounds more like a boot sector issue on the HDD.
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are the disks properly seen in the bios?
if not, you can have a bad ide controller on the mobo (= new mobo)
I have three HD's.  Two already have WIndows XP installed.   Computer will not boot with either installed.  I messed with BIOS settings a bit and am hoping that that is the problem, but I don't know where to begin.

I went to Ultimate Boot CD page.  It looks like I have 40-50 choices.  WHich one exactly do I download?

My goal is to load a new 250 gig HDD.  I started by loading the Installation CD of XP.   After some preliminary loading, I'm instructed to hit "enter", at which time it says it does not recognize a HDD.  

At this point, I just want to diagnose the problem.   To repeat, my hope is that in fooling with the BIOS, I caused the computer to not recognize the HDD.  So.... how can I isolate each variable?

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I tried to download ultimate boot cd.  I'm not clear as to whether it's free or not.  WHen I hit the download button, it wants me to buy it.  However, it says on the previous page that it's free.
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ubcd is free  - you can download an iso -
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-and burn a cd with an iso burning tool
or use the executable to make it..

**there are no  40-50 choices..
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and i'll ask again : is the disk properly seen in the bios?

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It seems like we're just going round and round and round and round.    I'll post the question about BIOS recognizing the HDD, and another question about how to actually acquire UltimateBootCd.   It's not intuitive and teh website is not clear.  It may be clear to experienced computer users, but it is unclear to me.  I'm just not privy to a lot of the learning and information you have.  

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After a great deal of trouble, I was finally able to download Ultimate Boot CD.  This looks like an incredible resource.  Now the question is......... how do I use it?   I was able to get the home screen by booting my T40 from the CD.  Should I now try to boot it using teh HDD?     It just seems like there are a lot of possibilities here.

Thank you for your help.

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You folks really need to fix this bug.
I try to assign points to multiple people and am not allowed to do so!

Please do your best to take care of this.
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download the iso file from here :  http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html
then use an iso burning tool to burn the iso file to cd !
i can see nothing difficult, but if you have questions, just ask.

btw -- you did not answer my question if the disk is seen in the bios properly - and i  got no points either...

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