ok guys i have a little problem for ya
info on my system
MSI k8t-neo mobo
raptor 36 ata harddrive
caviar 160 ata harddrive
ok, i built my computer about a month and a half ago. i installed xp without any real problems... did the whole press f6 deal in the xp install, worked like a charm. problem is one of my buddies got rough with my floppy cable and broke a couple of the pins on the mobo socket.
a month and a half went by with the computer running like a bad ass (10500 on 3dmark '03). untill one day i turn on my puter and it takes a really really long time to find my harddrives. not only that but when it gets to the xp boot up screen it freezes. so i decide, ok i will unplug the caviar and see if it boots up with only the raptor (i keep my os on it). it finds the raptor really fast, just like usual, and i get into xp. i am like ok kool, maybe the puter juss farted. so i turn it off and plug back in the caviar. no joy, the puter does the same thing as it did the first time. long time to find the harddrives and freezes at the xp boot up screen. i unplugged the caviar once again and try to reboot. finds the harddrives quick and gets to the xp boot up screen and tells me that xp now had corrupted files and cannot start up.
***? i have a few theries, sata drives got corrupted, virus, bad luck. whichever one of these it is i figure my best chance at fixing it is reinstalling xp.
if you remember my flippen floppy disk drive is broken, and if you know anything about windows xp its impossible to install on an ata drive with out a floppy disk drive. (unless you build an xp cd for it) so i went out and got an external usb floppy disk drive. i boot up the puter and with a little tweaking of the bios xp installer sees the floppy disk drive and installs the sata promise driver. everything is good untill it says "starting windows" in the B section of the text based install. when i get to that point it tells me that there are no harddrives present and press f3 to exit setup. what ya think guys? what caused this problem? why is windows not seeing my harddrives? help would be great... thanx guys!