When booting up my toshiba satellite laptop,i get the error message 'IDE error:#0' and then it asks me to chack the cable. I wonder which cable its referring to.
I've removed the HDD and replaced it but nothing seems to have changed.
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Re: Error on laptop during startup
The IDE0 refers to the HDD ide cable connector.
It may be faulty or the connection from the motherboard.
When booting up pres F2 or Del to see if your HDD is being recognised, if not the cable will ned replacing.
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Can you open the BIOS setup at boot? Look for the primary HDD, is it listed? If no, unplug, remove battery, You can try to reseat the HDD, perhaps it's not making a good connection? Or perhaps it was damaged in shipment? Was it packed well? You can remove it and test to verify it's working properly.
These beeps are error code and two short beeps during start up normally refers to RAM or memory not being detected. You can try to reseat the RAM modules or ask someone who knows how to do it. If it will still be the same, it means that the RAM is defective and consider replacing it.
Usually the HDD is set on IDE #0. The PXE error appears if the notebook tries to boot up from the LAN but the cable is not connected or there is no possibility for LAN booting.
In my opinion there is something wrong with the HDD or the BIOS cannot recognize the HDD correctly. I would recommend checking the HDD pins. Furthermore you should change the booting order in the BIOS.
Toshiba's System Errors indicate that the error 0201 Failure IDE #0
may be caused by bad contact points where the drive plugs into the laptop chassis. Toshiba recommends pulling the hard drive in and out several
times to clean up the male/female contact points.
Toshiba also said that if this doesn't work to contact one of their service centers for assistance.
The contact points solution rarely works, but is worth a try. Most likely, your hard drive failed and needs to be replaced.
Based from the error message you're getting it sounds to me that your problem there is not software related but is more hardware in nature.Since you're getting a message "disk read error occurred IDE#0" this pertains to a problem with the hard drive itself. It's possible that your hard drive developed bad sectors or errors on the disc itself.
So to be sure I would recommend that you run the hardware diagnostics for your laptop computer especially the one for the hard drive since you're getting this message. If the hard drive fails the test or any other part fails in the test, contact your techsupport and ask for replacement parts if your PC is still under warranty. Otherwise you may have to buy parts for your laptop.
If the hard drive tests passed and all the other hardware tests also passed then you may proceed to troubeshoot the software using the Windows XP Home CD. Boot from the WinXP Home CD, and you get to the setup screen, choose "R" for recovery console and then on the prompt type "CHKDSK /R" let it run, it may take a while. afterwards it will bring you back to the prompt then type EXIT and it will reboot the system, see if that fixes the problem. Worst case scenario you may have to format then reinstall Windows XP again to fix this problem.
It sounds like there is a hard-drive problem. To help you further I would need your complete laptop model number. If your hard drive is indeed dead, most likely it's not too difficult to replace and a 2.5" hard drive is not that expensive.