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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-27-2007, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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I had way to much crap on my pc so I said screw it and reformatted the hard drive and reinstalled xp.After all of the drivers were installed I went into windows update it started to download and stuck at 24 of 66. Then just shut down. Will not recagnize my hard drive at all. Put in my window disk and went to reinstall a second time. It will not find my hard drive. I can feel the hard dive spin up.I went out and got a new hard drive thinking some how the old one is bad. Same problem.I don't know if it matters but it is sata hard drives.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-28-2007, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-29-2007, 09:54 AM
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I would reset the CMOS. Remove the battery on the motherboard, it may look like a watch battery. Unplug the computer and push the power button, that way it drains any power that is in the capacitors on the motherboard. Then remove the battery and let it sit for about 10 seconds. Reinstall the battery, plug the computer in and restart.

It could be a bad cable, but if the problem presented itself before you moved anything then the chance of a bad cable is small at best. It could be the IDE controller on the MB, that would give the type of error you are talking about.

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Reset the CMOS? Bad cables? Wow. Come on people, this isn't 1994. Reseting the BIOS isn't going to fix a application installation problem unless you've been dicking around in the BIOS. All you have to do if you did is tell it "reset to factory settings" no need to flip dip switches and remove batteries, adjust cables, etc... As for it failing on windows update, sounds like you should install the updates one by one and figured out which one is killing it.

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The first post said he could not access the HD or windows XP. So how can he "reset to factory settings" if he cannot access the operating system? If the system cannot find the mass storage device then how can it boot an operating system?

Another solution might be an old school Fdisk utility and start from there. You can format from there with only a floppy drive.

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your motherboard is owned if you installed a NEW hard drive and the shit is still not seeing a drive, check in BIOS and see if the BIOS sees the drive and if it doesn't, well /wave at that system

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The first post said he could not access the HD or windows XP. So how can he "reset to factory settings" if he cannot access the operating system? If the system cannot find the mass storage device then how can it boot an operating system?
STFU. I would've known that if I would've read the entire post.

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-29-2007, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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cmos did it
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-29-2007, 11:42 AM
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Guess my suggestion from "1994" did it.

Glad you got it worked out.

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