06-01-2002 12:13 PM
Unfortunately I had no idea about what was going on and just threw away the old video card and installed ATI Radeon 7000 AGP
Now the problem. Now very often when I turn on the computer it can't recognize the HDD's. Sometimes after turning it off and then back on it works, but more often it's not!
Also I flashed BIOS to the most current version available at HP site: HU11.11 from February 2002, but nothing improved.
Today I wasn't able to turn it on at all: it just refuses to recognize the HDD. I tried to reset BIOS default settings, removed HDD's and then put them back, nothing worked. It's a pity cause in general I'm very happy with HP products...
Any help will be appreciated.
06-02-2002 06:41 AM
Good luck, hopefully the hard disk is not dead.
06-02-2002 11:11 AM
The thing is that the failures are not constant: sometimes the system loads, more often it's not.
When it refuses to recognise hard disks and i check the setup it shows like I have no disks installed.
And when the start is successful it shows disks as if nothing ever happened.
I want to know, has anyone ever experienced this problem AFTER having problems with Matrox videocard??
06-03-2002 02:22 AM
Hope this helps.
06-03-2002 05:41 AM
i think Al is correct and both your issues are completely different and do not link to each other.
Al's comment to replacing the CMOS battery is proberbly not possible as this PC has a Capacitor so you may have to add an external battery for which there are pins on the Mainboard. But the capacitator should refresh itself when the PC is attached to the mains electical circut within 12 hours after being off the mains for longer than 3 days.
Q. What does the LCD display show when the PC doesn't boot ?
Have you tried using a different HDD ?
What type of HDD ?
Could the HDD be virus infected ?
Have you tried reinstalling the OS ?
06-04-2002 05:04 PM
Both of those worked fine for 5-6 months before those problems with V/Card started.
I tried do disconnect 3WD and left only Primary master - still there are no patterns, sometimes system recognizes the HDD and sometimes not.
This isn't software related problem, 'cause I just don't get to the point when it loads OS. When system refuses to recognize the HDD's it tries to load OS from the network.
Ar those times, even when I try to input the disks' info into BIOS setup with User-defined type it just refuses to change the BIOS info...
The POST Code when it fails to load is either 0501, 0051 can't say for sure and I'm not going to risk and restart the system one more time: sometimes it refuses to load for 6-7 hours.
If it happens again I'll write the code and post it here.
I spent 2 hours chatting with HP tech support, and though they were very nice, the only thing they could say was that there might be a problem with motherboard. Replacing it would cost me a fortune.
Actually I love this machine and just don't want to give it up...
06-05-2002 01:01 AM
The error message is 0501 and indicates that the HDD has a defect !!, What we don't know is what type of defect it has.
It could be just Bad sectors/clusters and your comments indicate that this would be the case.
You could try running an extensive scandisk, or a HP Hardware diagnostics in the advanced mode on the HDD.
The scandisk can move some of the defective sectors to the end of the HDD and after that the HDD should work properly.
BUT you should contemplate buying a new master HDD and backing-up all the SW on your Seagate HDD.
Seagaate also have a Tool to verify the HDD called sgatfmt4
and i belive you have to choose option 3 to verify,(better check the txt file that comes with the SW.