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Old 02-07-2006, 09:00 AM   #1
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IDE device load failure, hardware of software related?

Ok, here goes

I have duel booting PC with two IDE drives. I use GRUB boot loader and have it located in the boot sector of my master IDE drive on my primary IDE channel. I have Suse Linux installed on the my second IDE drive, which is the master drive on my secondary IDE channel.

Shortly after installing this setup I began recieving an intermitant fault warning on boot up. OFten this problem is corrected by turning the PC off and then on again.

During the early portion of my boot, it would correctly identify my IDEs but would then come up with a big red warning mesage saying that it was unable to load my secondary IDE drive.

The message either comes up as the very last part of the bios before GRUB or as the very first part of GRUB before it comes up with the ".... Loading Grub message".

My question, am I looking at a software error caused by GRUB, or a hardware error caused by a fault on my MB or IDE?
Old 02-07-2006, 09:59 PM   #2
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you should be able to test the drives independantly...

is this an old mach?

if the problem happened after you re-set your grub installation, then that is supicious.

however the fact that re-booting 'sometimes' helps is also supicious.

when you check the cables to the mobo, be sure NOT to press down hard or you can damage a motherboards connections VERY easily.

same goes for installing memory cards as well.

good luck, let us know.
Old 02-08-2006, 01:58 AM   #3
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The first time that it happened I did a complete cable check and it appeared to work after that, but on subsiquent occasions I simply rebooted and that appears to work too, which is what is confusing.

Yes, the machine is quite old, the HDs have nearly 5 yeas of use and the MB two years.

The problem only started after I installed Grub, and I've never had a similar message before that.


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