Don't panic


I installed a new hard drive on my computer but when I boot the computer the monitor only displays the self test to confirm there is power to the computer. I verified that all connections were connected and all cards were properly seated. I then thought to try the old hard drive and the monitor wouldn't work with it, which it did minutes before. Also, when I turn on the computer with the new hard drive, everything is working, I can hear the hard drive and processor, etc. What should I do? I'm afraid I did something terribly wrong!


This question was answered on June 5, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Alright don't panic if you did somethign wrong it coudn't have been that terrible check yoru wires make sure that everythign is pluggedd up correctly if everything is fine with that then cehck the jumper settings on you hard drive make sure it is set on the master setting if it is the only existing hard drive on the computer if that don't work in your computer there is a little battery on the mother board remove it for like 15 min then put it back on the mother board once you have done that place your system restore disk into your computer while it is turning on you should be able to boot your computer regardless of which hard drive is on your computer.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on June 5, 2003