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My Gateway M6121 laptop will not boot to harddrive or CD drive. The bios is not finding either EIDE device, but if I remove the harddrive the bios finds the CD drive? I have tried known good harddrives so I am guessing its something on the motherboard. Any ideas where to start to troubleshoot the problem?

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  • n0nne Sep 12, 2009

    I should have added that to my orignal post. I have reset bios setting to factory default. Ok so now I have pulled the motherboard and in the process found a small e-clip floating around on top of the motherboard. I am guessing that it has shorted something out, though no viewable damage can be seen.

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First its better try to set up your bios to optimized value so it will run in factory default.

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Will xw4300 accept compaq S6200cl hard drive


HP XW4300 Workstation Desktop PC specs,

http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12260_na/12260_na.HTML

Scroll down to you come to the bold heading -
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http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00056951&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&cc=us&dlc=en&lc=en&product=390423

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It is an EIDE harddrive.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_ATA

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The answer is Yes.

Connect just the EIDE harddrive from the Compaq.
Make sure the correct jumper pins on the back of the harddrive, have a jumper cap on them to set them to Single;

OR,

The IDE harddrive model you have may Not use a jumper cap on any jumper pins, for some models of harddrives, to set the harddrive as Single.

Look up the harddrive jumper settings on the internet.
Start with the model number on the label of the harddrive.

Example; WD2500JB
Western Digital 250GB harddrive that is IDE. (EIDE)
Western Digital jumper settings for IDE (EIDE) harddrives,

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You will need a SATA optical drive now.
BIOS Setup > Boot Options > Set the first boot device to CDROM.
Install Windows disk.

Use IDE harddrive, and IDE optical drive on the same flat ribbon IDE cable?
Can be done, but usually is a HEADACHE, and MAY not work.
BIOS looks to see what drives are connected. It looks for the drive with the Operating System on it. (Windows)

Now put a disk in the optical drive. Time has to be divided between the harddrive, and the optical drive.
IF it does work; when you are using the computer, and the optical drive you will know the real meaning of Slow.

Have a SATA optical drive?

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