I'm not positive that the "hardware" forum is the correct place to put this, so if a moderator thinks it should be moved, feel free.
I posted this thread
just a few days ago wondering if I could find some help with a Windows problem I've never seen before. Since then things have worsened significantly.
Since posting that thread we located the XP install disk and attempted a repair install/installing over the already present one. With "13 minutes remaining" it locked up. Running out of daylight I tried again with no luck, and then decided to back up the most important files "just incase," and decided to bring the computer home with me.
But I've run into bigger problems -- hardware problems. Since the computer wouldn't boot correctly or write to my USB drive correctly under Knoppix, I decided to remove the hard drive, put it in another computer, and back up the data that way. This went fine. After putting the hard drive back into its original home, however, I hit a snag: the computer no longer recognized that it was plugged in. I tried switching the IDE slot it was plugged into (HDD2 instead of HDD1), but still no luck. Doing this made things worse actually.
Rebooting again, I checked the BIOS. Not only was the hard drive not being recognized, but neither one of the two CD drives was, either. I fretted for a while, wondering if the computer was dying, but tried a few things.
I set the BIOS settings back to their defaults. This resulted in the CD drives being recognized again (phew!). I am actually posting this message while running Knoppix, so things are OK on that front. After the CD drives could be used again I tried switching IDE slots once more. Success! However, still no hard drive activity.
The next thing I want to attempt is a BIOS update. The computer is a Compaq Presario S5000V and the BIOS is PhoenixBIOX 4.0 Release 6.0, v 3.23 (a revision dating back to 2003). I'm not sure it will rectify the problem, but I'm under the impression that it's my best bet at the moment.
Things I know for sure:
- The hard drive does work. It has been plugged into another computer, even after this one failed recognize it, and it has been recognized as well as functional. Also, once again, I'm botted in Knoppix right now and I can see the hard drive and its contents.
- Both of the IDE slots on the motherboard work.
- The ribbon cables all work.
So far all I have found on how to flash the BIOS (which I've only done once or twice before on my personal computer and that of a friend, both of which were built, not purchased pre-configured) are instructions on how to do it while running inside of Windows
. This simply doesn't help when you don't have access to your OS.
So, if at all possible, I'm looking for help in doing either of the following things: flashing the BIOS using a floppy, which I'm familiar with; or using Knoppix to somehow do it.
Thanks for any help in advance.