New computer problems...
I just built a new 3.2 mhz computer about 2 weeks ago and it has worked flawlessly until now. Suddenly now, when I try to boot up it gives one of several error messages.
1. When it is booting and the computer shows the IDE drives that are detected it shows a line below them that says "IDE Channel 1 no 80 pin condutor cable installed" It shows that line just briefly and then continues on with the boot process. I don't remember seeing that ever before after the computer was built.
2. Windows XP pro will not boot properly at all. Sometimes it says "Disk read error, Invalid disk" or something to that effect.
3. If it does boot it will take 20 minutes and the computer runs extremely slow.
I have tried switching the IDE cable for the hard drives, but it does not help. Before, the computer was lightning fast and never had a problem at all. I have not changed any configurations at all.
The hard drive is new as is the rest of the computer. I am thinking the hard drive is bad... maybe the IDE channel that the hard drives are plugged into. Or, the new hard drive is bad. It will not let me format the drive or boot from a CD. Before I could. Any ideas? Where should I start? I would like to be able to format the drive and see if maybe the hard drive has some missing files or something, but I can not figure out a way to do it.