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System does not see hard drive all of the time

The machine does not always see disk 0. When machine starts up if it does not see the hard drive it beeps two times and asks me to touch f1 or f2. If I use f2 then sometimes it will boot afterwards. This is not always the case, if I replace the hard drive then it will work for a while then the same problem comes back. If I put the first hard drive in the machine it works again as it should for a little bit then goes back to does not see drive 0 and we start again by changing the drives. There must something lose or a problem with the motherboard. Are there any fixes for this?
When looking at the bios it sees the drive and sometimes after going to f2 the machine will boot as it should. Today when it stopped working I only removed the screws for the cover of the hard drive and now it works just fine. I have tried changing the memory as that can mess things up as well.

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  • Anonymous Dec 03, 2008

    I am experiencing the same problems. I have removed the hard drive and the battery numerous times and it still won't boot. Probably a loose connection on the board somewhere but where who knows. New board is $225+, new laptop may be the way to go.


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It sounds like a loos connection.
Power off, remove tha battery.
Carefully remove the HDD, and just as carefull reinstall it again.


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