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Computer won't boot

My computer will not boot past the bios with my SATA HDD. All I get is a blank screen with a blinking cursor. I know all my parts work, because I put my HDD into another computer and it booted. I tried putting an IDE HDD into my computer and it booted, but it isn't mine. Also, when I try to use the Windows XP disk to reinstall, it checks the system's configurations, then goes blank. Can you help me?

Yeah, I'm using a Maxtor 160GB External, and it won't let me boot, even if I then take it out. I have to remove the drive and then start the computer, and re-insert the drive. This is a nuisance, can anyone help?

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  • rubinrich Oct 31, 2008

    I have a Dell pentium 4 machine running at 2 gb, with 2500 mb memory. I bought a new WD MY Book 320 GB External USB 2.0 HD and have been using it for a few months. I installed an IPOD Shuffle recently and now the computer won't boot unless I disconnect the My Book HD. In addition the HD doesn't work when I reconnect the usb and power cables. It is usually recognized by the PC but when I try to transfer a file to it or download a file from the network I get error messages about the drive losing data and other scary messages. Is there a solution?

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1.  Check that the M/b will support the 160 GB HDD
2.  If it ok check the Hard disk jumper.
3.  See that the jumper must be in Primary Master
4.  Connect the Data Cable of Primary
5.  Check the jumper of any other HDD or CD/DVD roms

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