I've just replaced my dead GA-7VA with 7VT600P-RZ, I've installed all the cables just as they were on the previous MB but strangely it does not want to boot!
In BIOS it shows both of hard drives installed as Master and Slave on IDE1 while on IDE2 both of my optical drives, but once out of the BIOS it just does not boot. Error message basically says there is no system and request a disc to be inserted ....
I've tried to fresh install with XP but it says no HDD detected, same goes if I try to install Linux ...
The system was originally set with dual boot with Linux and Windows.
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Re: 7VT600P-RZ does not boot!
Sounds like a cabling issue with the drives. From the description, you are running PATA (parallel) interface drives, using ribbon cables. Make sure you cabled the master to the master drive, and ditto for the slave. They are easy to reverse.
From what you say, the system is recognizing your optical drives, since you can attempt a reinstall from one of them. That really does point to a cabling issue with the hard drives.
As another diagnostic tool, try removing the slave drive, and see what happens.
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Clear cmos, you should have a clear cmos jumper on your motherboard, just move the jumper from the normal position to the clear cmos and then back. Or you can remove the lithium battery for atleast 15 min.
Power down you're system and remove the power cable from the PS. Open you're case. First clear the cmos jumper. See bottom of page 14 in manual. The GA-8VM533M-RZ motherboard was made Jan-1-2004. It is very likely that the cmos battery needs to be replaced. Average life span is 5 years or less. Pull the cmos battery and check its voltage with a voltmeter, it should read no less than 2.7volts DC. I'm guessing it’s the bios that’s not seeing the CD-ROM drive and the hdd? Suggest you check both the data cables and their power cables. Since the GA-8VM533M-RZ motherboard only supports ATA IDE hdd's, check the drives jumper. (It should be jumpered as a Master) and so should the jumper on the back of the cd-rom drive. See the link provided; http://www.easeus.com/resource/install-ide-hard-drive.htm The link above helps but you're hdd may be different. See the sticker on you're hdd for the correct jumper setting. If you are using a single data cable to connect both cd-rom and hdd to the motherboard don't. Use an 80-pin data cable for the hard disk drive. You can use a 40-pin data cable for the cd-rom but if you have a spare 80-pin data cable connect the cd-rom drive to it. Connect the hdd to IDE1 and connect the cd-rom to IDE2. See motherboard layout in the manual page 5. Need the manual? Download it from Gigabyte; http://www.giga-byte.com/Products/Motherboard/Products_Spec.aspx?ProductID=1766 To view the manual you will need to download and install Adobe reader; http://www.adobe.com/products/reader/ Re-connect the power cable to the PS. You can leave the case opened for now. Power on the system and press the Delete key every 2 seconds until the bios menu opens. (Make sure the time and date are set current). See page 19. Than turn to page 23. Make the settings as follows; First Boot Device [Floppy] - (if one is connected) Second Boot Device [CD-ROM Third Boot device [HHD-0] Password Check [Not needed] CPU Hyper-Threading [Enabled] Check all settings while in the bios, save and exit. The system will auto re-boot. If after replacing the bios battery (If needed), and the bios still does not see either drive than the problem is either the bios or the motherboard's controller. The bios can be flashed but the MB controller can not be repaired.