I am back in computer hell. Why do i do this to myself. I suppose I like the challenge of solving a puzzle and.or its my OCD. I cannot stop until things are FIXED and working.
A friend gave me a one month old Dell desktop so I decided to change computers. What I thought would be hard was in fact easy and the easy part was painful.
Was was easy was swapping new SATA drive with old one.
What was PAINFUL and beyond ridiculous was basic install in my “old” PC. BIOS would not recognize SATA drive and no power to DVD burner or IDE hard drive drive when I connected them to IDE cable.
I actually ended up working on it until 4 am .. and boy am I paying for it today. I went to sleep with problem still not solved. Swapped out Power supply- which I had convinced myself was the problem. I was rummaging around in garage at 2am looking for old power supply.At first I just had issues getting new SATA drive recognised and then gave up with that and just used an IDE drive. The things started getting flaky. No power for DVD drive. Switched to another drive, still an issue. Changed cables, Double checked cables.
Noticed I had power on my dvd rom when it was just power connected and not IDE ribbon cable connected. The same thing with HDD. As soon as I connected an IDE cable power was lost.
At point I lost all power to the board which turned out to be a cable I knocked out.
How did I know it was not a fried mother board? I pulled out everything .. everything.. CPU, RAM, video cards, etc. EVERYTHING and powered up and no problems getting to BIOS.
How I fixed problem of now power to dvd drive ? I reset the CMOS. Not a scary sounding as you might think.
How To Reset CMOS on Motherboard
Resetting the CMOS solved problem instantly. To reset CMOS or clear CMOS is fairly straightforward. Find your motherboard manual and look for CMOS jumper position on the motherboard. If you can;t find manual look for 3 little pins with a jumper on it near battery on your motherboard. You will have the jumper on ( most likely) pins 1 and 2. The jumper looks like the same one on dvd and cd rom when you set up to master/slave.
Make sure power is off and in fact I would unplug your power to PC connection. Discharge yourself by touching metal case.
With power OFF move jumper from first two pins to last 2 pins ( so from pins 1,2 to 2,3) . Wait about 15 seconds. Move it back. You are done!
Connect your hard drive or DVD drive to power and IDE cable and you should be back in business. Add peripherals one at a time.
After I successful installed my old Windows XP SATA drive with everything on it into new machine. Then after the horrible install one of my external drives failed. The one with all our family pictures on it. I am pretty upset and grasping at straws on recovery the data on it.