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Old 05-04-2009, 06:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I cannot boot up anything because all the devices are now uknown. Previously, te slave drive being plugged in would cause it to fail booting and turn primary and secondary drive 1 unknown. Now, regardless of what i try, primary 1&2 and secondary 1&2 are always shown as unknown devicews. I've tried different cords, hard drivses, but no works...
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Old 05-04-2009, 06:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello,

Have you tried resetting your BIOS?
Have you tried booting up with just one hard drive connected to the motherboard?
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Have you tried resetting your BIOS?
I'm sketchy at best on that..
Have you tried booting up with just one hard drive connected to the motherboard?
yes, in fact i have, but it still fails.
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Old 05-10-2009, 01:49 AM   #4 (permalink)
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MikeFuryXP sent me..
diskette drive A ...3.5 inch, 1.44 mb

Primary drive 0 ..... unknown device
Primary drive 1 ..... unknown device
Secondary drive 1 ... unknown device
Secondary drive 2 ... unknown device
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pull the battery (looks like a watch battery) on the motherboard for 10 minutes to reset your bios to default.
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the duracell?
so does it have to be p;lugged in when i do this?
10 minutes? that seems kinda long neh?
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unplug computer and pull the duracell battery for 10 minutes to make sure it has cleared cmos.
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also with the power cord out and the CMOS battery out press the power button a few times on the case to clear residual power.....the CMOS is a type of RAM/ROM that when you remove all power, all the user configured settings are lost and everything is set back to default.
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Bios reset, but the devices still has it unknown.
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Manually set up the drives so they are Slave and Master. Don't use Cable Select
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