What is proper cabling?

Question

When powering up the PC, the CDROM drive LED flashes once, the hdd LED flashes once, seek does not happen on floppy drive then the system just sits. Hdds are spinning, CPU fan is spinning, PS is running, Video card fan is spinning, extra case fan is spinning. The monitor screen stays black during this proceess no post text displays. No beeps are heard. Tried clearing CMOS, reseated video card and RAM. Also tried powering off hdds. When this 1st happened, I smelled a faint electrical burning smell. I have not experienced this smell since. My thinking is it's the motherboard and I have ordered a new one.

Answer

This question was answered on June 15, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

First I think you should consider your cabling The hard drive, cd-rom, and floppy disk are all spinning which means that the power they are getting from the power supply is working well Are your IDE ribbon cables and floppy cables connected the right way to the motherboard? You need to properly connect IDE ribbon cable and other cables in order for information to transfer from the motherboard to the device.

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Posted by Johanna of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on June 15, 2005