I am currently in Iraq with the Army and have an issue with our GOBOOK It will not detect a hard drive when I boot it up. It has worked fine for a while. It crashed and we reinstalled the OS. We got it to partially reinstall the OS and then it quit about 8 percent of the way through. Now it will not detect any hard drive we put in it.
Just before it quit at 8 percent I briefly glimpsed a BSOD before it crashed again. I have tried changing ram modules.
Are you replacing the hard drive or just slipping in another drive in caddie from another machine there is a screw that holds the caddie in place if not replaced it will not get good connection sometimes if u are replacing just the drive u could have a bad caddie the caddies without hard drives are almost impossible to find here in the states and there is a shortage itronix only sells one with a drive at a big expense i use a gb 2 ix 260 running no hard drive using an ubuntu live disk wks great maybe an option for that machine also you have lan boot in bios as well hope this info helps u might also try yahoo groups itronixgobook for more help
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Re: hard drive issue
You'll need to replace the hard drive. Basically, if the hard drive is not being detected in BIOS, that means that there is something wrong with the hard drive's onboard logic board.
Don't spend any more time on it until the HDD is repalced.
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I saw the Video and see that you Laptop will not boot into windows and regarding the error you just posted, shows that the Windows in the Hard drive is not detected properly and or the Hard driver is not detected properly on the Laptop.
Also this can be a possible boot setting issue, you can go and check in the BIOS Screen see the boot options and make sure that the system is not booting into LAN and 1st boot is CD/DVD, 2nd is the Hard Drive, if these settings are correct then the issue is a Bad Hard Drive.
I hope that this will help regarding your concern.
Hi wincel03_dar , I see that you are having issue booting into your Windows, I can help you with your concern.You mentioned that you get a black screen with a blinking cursor on the upper left, this means that either your Hard drive is not detected by the motherboard or Windows is not found, see steps below.
Turn your Laptop ON then keep on tapping F8, you should see a screen windows advance options menu, hight light and select Last Known Boot Configuration then press Enter
The Laptop will restart, see if it will boot into Windosws
From shut down turn your Laptop on again then keep on tapping F12 this will give you a Boot Menu Screen.
Once you have the boot menu screen Select ATA HDD it should be the first on the list if it is not located then the Hard drive isn't really detected.
After selecting the ATA HDD press Enter this should boot into the Hard drive, if still it does not boot and it gives you the same black screen with a blinking cursor then you can try reseating your Hard drive from the system.
Reseating meaning Remove it then wait a couple of seconds then put it back in properly then try turning the machine on again.
If still he issue is the same and you get a Blinking Cursor then it can be two thing either you Hard drive has gone bad or your motherboard could not detect your Hard drive. To find out you can try and use your Hard drive on a different Laptop if the data from your Hard drive works on a different Laptop then your Hard drive is OK and that the problem is your Motherboard not be able to detect your Hard drive and need replacing. I ope that this will be able to help you with your concern, Thank you choosing Fixya. mvincentc
Verify that your hard disk drive is
setup and detected properly in BIOS. You're computer should list
a hard disk drive installed either under the main page or the
drives page in BIOS. If BIOS indicates the drive is not
installed or not detected skip to Hard Disk drive is bad or not
Verify the boot options are
properly set in BIOS, almost all BIOS setups should contain
options specifying how your computer boots. For example, most
computers should have their boot options setup similar to the
- Floppy drive
- CD drive
- Hard drive
Rest your BIOS to default
values. Many BIOS will enable users to reset the values to the
default settings. If you've tried the above options without
success try resetting the BIOS.
I would try to error check the hard drive and also run a memory check to make sure it's not introduction errors. You'll need a floppy drive for the memory check and if the hard drive is over 30 gb, you'll have to hook it up to a desktop with an adapter as a slave to a winxp installation or, divide it into smaller 30 gb or less partitions, format with fat32 using a win98 startup disk and then scandisk each partition, checking for errors.
XP install is not detecting any hard disk.
No jumpers are required for laptops, can only have one hard drive in a laptop.
Check the BIOS for the hard disk configuration, make sure that it is set on Auto (detect).
You may have a faulty hard disk, you can check it by booting up with a floppy DOS boot disk, run fdisk to see if it detects the hard disk, OR connect this hard drive to a USB hard disk adapter and connect it to a working computer's USB port and if it detects it as an external drive the it is OK.
The problems you see when trying to install this Win 98 old thing is just the tip of the iceberg of driver problems, crashes and what not.
May I suggest a completely different approach?
How about installing Linux ubuntu? It can work with any Microsoft Document, surf the internet and has all the drivers you need built in. It can even run some of Windows applications.
Give it a try, what do you have to lose?