I am getting a hard drive controller error when running Compaq diagnostics. The same diagnostics program says the hard drive is fine. It passes all the tests. I get a" smart hard drive detects imminent hard drive failure " message when I boot up. I press F1 to ignore & it boots up fine. Then depending on the size of programs I run it will blue screen with a error & begin a memory dump. Sometimes it will run fine until I close it out. Other times it will not even complete loading the operating system. I am running Microsoft 2000 Pro. Is the controller replaceable? Do I need a new motherboard? Is there anything else I should look for etc. Any help is appreciated.
I have a Compaq NX6310, cant startup. Either right apfter POST or a split second after WINDOWS shows up it gives a blue screen stating that my comp was shut down to protect it, and a I should remove any new hardrives and hard drive controllers. I have changed the RAM, switched DIMMs, used a fully working HDD, I have tried booting from an external HDD. I can boot and run Knoppix from DVD without any problems, so obviously the Motherboard isnt dead like I originally thought. I also removed the battery to the BIOS in case it had a windows virus imbedded.I checked everything easily checkable on the motherboard for signs of damage.Being that I eliminated everything else, it must be a hard drive controller, as stated in the error. Is that changeable on a laptop? Can it be anything else?What really strikes me strange is that even when booting from an external USB HDD, I had the same issues, does the HDD controller also control USB drives?I am really stumped.
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Re: hard drive controller
These can be fun and Hdd/IDE/SATA Controllers on Desktops are different than laptops.. Embedded controller chips as well as the Northbridge/Southbridge chips are integrated to everything else and its a nightmare to track down period. (Ive had to replace Integrated Modem chips to cure a Boot or BSOD error that states the Video Adapter needs to be changed) ..(Generally due to Power surge or other).. You are on the right track however and I'd just suggest running Memtest of the Knoppix to start be4 I can say other. Is there Shared or dedicated RAM for the GPU on this one? They manned both ways depending on the specific board revision..
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Ur hd contoller is software related (check compatability)
but you could also have bad sectors on hd and ur memcheck or chkdsk or any windows program will not tell u this the only way to see is get some software that starts from cd at boot (paragon hdd recovery) best ive used)
when u use live cd and everything runs the only thing ur not utilising is the hd..
also when u try usb hd u are accessing ur hd for the drivers
After booting the PC it says:
SMART fail................... pls backup ur hdd it may crash .............press F1 to contd............
Bios hdd comprehensive test result comes ok...
pls reply me asap...
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Compaq laptop has detected a SMART fault. You should backup your data and test the harddrive with the maufactures diagnostics like Seatools for Seagate. Run a short DST. Drive may pass. I would still replace it. Clone your current drive to the new one. The drive is probably on its way out.
There is a good possibility that the hard disk drive may be failing, so if you can try running diagnostics and see if you get a failure on the hard drive.
If you can't run diagnostics, then boot to your Windows CD, press R for recovery console, then at the command prompt run the command CHKDSK /R see if you get any errors on files.
If that doesn't resolve, then boot to the windows CD press enter instead of R and repair windows.
If that still fails, then the hard drive is likely bad
BIOS diags do not test RAM's Windows functionality. Download Microsoft's Memory diagnostic too and burn to a cd. then test your memory.
To run Windows Memory Diagnostic, you must reboot your computer with the disk or CD-ROM on which you installed Windows Memory Diagnostic in the drive. After the reboot, Windows Memory Diagnostic will load and its interface will appear. After loading, the first test pass will begin, using the default standard test suite, and continue until complete, unless Windows Memory Diagnostic is either paused or exited. Once the first test pass is complete, Windows Memory Diagnostic will begin a second test pass using the same settings as before. Windows Memory Diagnostic will continue to run test passes until you exit. http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp
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The 2000-0146 error code indicates a read/write failure of the hard drive. There is at least 1 sector that is failing on the drive. While it is working at the moment, the drive is failing and will over time degrade and eventually fail completely. Backup any important data, then replace the drive.
I don't think you have a hard drive controller fault as such... more like your hard drive is going "Flakey" meaning it is developing "Bad Sectors" IE the magnetic media going bad, this is common occurance.. I think you had better backup any valuable data and get a new hard drive and transfer your "Old" drives contents to your "New" drive. There are many programs that can do this for you.. Just Google it. One could install the New hard drive as a new "Master" and set the old as "slave" install a new operating system on the "new" one and then transfer the data from the "old" drive to the "New" and then ditch the "old" ya be good to go.
Certain diags only test the diagnostic tracks. That is what's passing more than likely. You should boot the laptop in safe mode (F8) and click start, run, type in cmd, hit enter and type scandisk. This will do a complete scan on the drive. If there are any errors replace the drive.
S.M.A.R.T (system monitoring)is the warning software that detects when a hard drive is about to fail, so i would back up any important docs to a disc or usb drive immediately and replace the hard drive.
The hard drive controller itself will not be the problem, it's the controller saying that the problem is the drive, the controller is only a driver and not a peice of hardware, pressing F1 will ignore any faults and continue to boot, but especially if it doesnt always boot it's definately your hard drive.