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Medion laptop 8081 wont recognise the hard drive until warmed up

Once turned on the laptop hard drive ticks for about 5 minutes and refuses to continue boot up, The ticking will stop and then will happily boot up all day and perform normally. Left overnight the same thing happens again.

Had 3 different hard drives in it ranging from 40 to 80 gb, all boot fine on the laptops they came from, a new bios battery fitted. Laptop has been completley stripped and rebuilt to check for loose connections. Tried every hard drive setting available in bios, tried all jumper permutations on the drive iteself.

Help!!!!

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  • ivoratfortkn Feb 01, 2009

    yes it will boot from the cd, with no prroblem, but the hard drive is still not seen by the system. since my first post I have applied a warm blast from a hair drier to all the accessable vents on the outside of the laptop and gently warmed the whole motherboard up. result.. instant bootup, hard drive there and working fine, problem returns when cool. I think I may have a dry joint somewhere on the motherboard that closes up once warm.

  • ivoratfortkn Feb 01, 2009

    Looks like the long haul, I'll re-solder all the most obvious joints that could be stressed by hard drive removal, possibly around the bios battery and near sockets etc and hope for the best. will post the outcome - thanks for your time. :-j

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Probably the mother board.if you boot from the CD will it boot?

Posted on Jan 31, 2009

  • Colin MacKenzie Computer Force of Dawsonville

    yes sounds like the MB. Well, at that point i just replace the MB and dont waste my time trying to find circuit problems. If the MB has been discontinued or just cost too much you will need to make a test jig so you run the board outside the case. Then proceed with warming up sections of the MB until it boots. You can then try and narrow it down from there. That would be very time consuming which if the laptop is yours maybe no big deal to you. But for a customer could lead to high labor charges.

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