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Compaq Presario 5837 desktop had windows 98 installed and working fine. Has 2 HD (1 @ 20GB and 1 @ 40GB). Both worked fine untill I installed Mandrake 9.2. Now the BIOS doesn't detect either HD.
I don't have a boot disk for Linux (does it even exist?).
Any Suggestions would be most helpful.
I changed the IDE cable. Still Not working...
I booted with my WIN98 boot disk. Tried fdisk, and it told me that no Fixed disks were found.
Both drives worke fine yesterday, and work in other computer.
Could it be the disk controller on the mother board, if so can it be fixed, or bypassed?
Some one who knows their stuff please go over this.
It usually wont hurt to pull the cmos battery or (properly) reset the cmos and some times seems to work a miricle.
Certainly worth a shot if you are approaching the end of your rope.
It would seem to be an intermitant problem... to make thing even more furstrating!!!
I turned it on today and it booted no problem.
Did a little playing and turned it off.
2 minutes later I tried turning it on again, and no luck. Nothing!
I'm oing to wait a little while (need to save up a little cash) and try an IDE controller card. Hopefully It will fix the problem. If it does I'll post here to update everyone.
while you are waiting for $, aren't we all, you may like to have a look at your /var/log messages and open a terminal and have a look at dmesg (messages at boot up),
these may give you hints to probs unrelated to hardware such as missing kernel modules or wrong settings in your /etc files?
2) If you can grab a mate's cd try booting off a knoppix or other demo cd to see what IT thinks of your hardware
3) start a diary today, writing down what you were doing and what messages you saw, it may help a technician
not to worry. I think?!? hopfully its fixed.
This is a second hand computer from my father. He got rid of it when the hard drive stopped working properly. When I installed the new hard drive, the old one was still there and seemed to work. But then the problems started! So I have now removed the old hard drive, and reinstalled Mandrake 9.2, and everything seems fine. Hopefully it will continue to behave.
You know, I bought this desktop off some guy for $50, because the hard drive crashed. I couldn't get it to work with different hard drives, so I bought a controller and nothing. It ended up being a problem with faulty RAM in the computer. I just thought I would throw in my $2e-02, and experience with a similar problem.