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Connecting a hard drive

While trying to connect a 40 gb hard drive to my systemax computer
the system just shut down as is i short circuited something.
i tried changing all jumper settings to no avail.
what else can i try?
thanks mgj.

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  • ANGIECECELIA Nov 22, 2008

    i did put in an older hd/possibly 2gb
    and computer still ran. also ,where is the battery located in this 2004 model systemax
    ascent? and what is AC? is that air conditioner?

  • ANGIECECELIA Nov 22, 2008

    how do you check the jumper/cable settings from the motherboard to the hd?

  • ANGIECECELIA Nov 22, 2008

    i added a coment that may lead to the mystery.
    just don't stop working with me til we solve this. thanks mgj

  • ANGIECECELIA Nov 22, 2008


    have 4 internal hd possible connections. tried all. system powered down as soon as i tried them.

    also you mentioned jumper settings from motherboard to hd. did you mean by that the jumpers

    on the hd or on the motherboard?

  • ANGIECECELIA Nov 22, 2008

    i'll try this with the cd and get back to you


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AC is the power adapter that hooks your computer to the wall outlet.

The battery usually has a sliding clip on the bottom of the laptop that releases it.

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Initially, the cable from the HDD would be an IDE flat cable where one side has a red marking. Additionally, in most motherboard and hard drive, there is no way that the IDE cable could be inserted wrongly. There is a tab at the center of one side of the connector. Even if the IDE for some reason was connected wrongly, the system will hang but not shut down. What I suspect is the power cable. This would be the red, black, black, yellow that goes to one side of the 40Gb HD. Remember the red mark on the IDE cable, the red wire should be close to it also. If there are other devices installed on the same IDE cable, one has to be the master, the other slave. In between the HD power connector and the IDE flat cable would be several jumpers. If the HD is a Seagate, the last two pins closer to the IDE flat cable has to be shorted to be the primary. If there is a CD/DVD drive attached along the same IDE cable, it should be made a slave by putting a jumper on the pins marked SL. therafter, reboot and allow the BIOS to auto detect these devices.

Just a start, do postback how things turned up or should you need additional information. Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa.

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Can you detect the 40GB hard drive when you are on the POST of your computer? Do get to the POST, restart your computer then click on F1 or the Del key. Make sure to press the key before the Windows Logo screen appears. If you can't detect it, there might be problem with the jumper settings or Cable settings from your Motherboard to the HD.

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  • kagebunshin Nov 22, 2008

    There would be like a pins at the back of your HD. You may tell us the brand of your HD so we can look for the jumper settings of it.


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You always need to turn the computer off before swaping components. Remove the battery and AC, try to start up after 5 minutes of no power on the laptop with only the ac connected does it start up or what is the problem? the hard drive is no longer working?

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