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One bad lead can cause a computer to continue on a cycle or to shutdown or fail to detect your hard drive

Test all leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions,IDE,SATA

the leads from your ((motherboard to your hard drive)) make sure they have a secure connection and are not faulty or just replace them there probably old and faulty
make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty even the electic extensions or just replace them they are probably faulty a computer needs its connections to have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error
or it might be your graphics card make sure its securely seated and there is no dust built up
on and around the graphics card hope this helps

Posted on Mar 15, 2011

  • Grant Hixon
    Grant Hixon Mar 15, 2011

    Apologies, its an external hard drive. Tried the different cable idea though, to no avail.
    Its showing that its switched on, it spins and trys to work for about 40 seconds then goes to sleep. Nothing on the computer to say its connected or mounted?

  • Brian Sullivan
    Brian Sullivan Mar 15, 2011

    have you had a look in the bios to see which drive is supposded to be detected/boot
    During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup
    Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS the scroll down to advanced bios features press enter change your first boot device to cd,press escape then press f10 to save to cmos to restart
    (note after you have loaded the operating system you must go back and change the first boot device to your hard drive)
    The BIOS is AMI. Under ADVANCED SETUP:
    The options listed for 1st,2nd ,3rd Boot device include:

    IDE-0 means Pri master ?
    IDE-1 means Pri slave ?
    IDE-2 means Sec master ?
    IDE-3 means Sec slave ?

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