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Old 24th April, 2006, 04:29 PM
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Hard Drive and Power Stability Issues

I went to boot my PC this morning to grab some files off it for College. Worryingly, it came up with the memory test BIOS screen whcih said at the bottom "System in running in Fail-Safe mode - Please Check CMOS".
I hit F1 to try and load windows but isntead I got this:
"Disk read failure. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart."

I eventually realsied my Dads removeable HDD, which has a corrupt version of Windows still on it, was plugged into my PC.
I un plugged it.
I went to boot again but this time I got nothing. I usually hear a beep from my case speaker, but I didn't. No screen, no hard drive, nothing. All I got was the lights and whirr of the fans.
I disconnected from the power. I then re-connected and cleared my CMOS using my jumper.
So, I boot up again. Again, nothing is working. By this time, I'm at a loss. I'm so desperate I try getting it to boot by powering on using my iMon remote instead of the power button.
Magically it works. I re-do all my BIOS settings and the PC is fine.

However, I am concerned. Firstly, the system seems very unstable and I think this is because I have a non ATX2.0 certified PSU. I am planning to replace this asap as I think it is a weak point.
Sometimes my HDD fails. It seem to basically not switch on or get any power. I don't hear any of the usual clicking of the HDD or anything and although the BIOS detects it.
This was happening before todays episode. I am wondering if clearing the CMOS has fixed some of these issues. I'll keep you updated, but if anyone has any ideas please put them below.

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Old 24th April, 2006, 04:51 PM
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Hummm, maybe try replacing the BIOS battery?

You could also make sure that you have the latest BIOS

Oh, and if you want to sell that PSU, I don't need ATX 2.0, and I want a cheap PSU, I would be happy to take it off your hands for a reasonable price

Another note : personally I don't rate the quality of Seagate HDD very highly, as the screws mine shipped with have stripped their threads, and it's now held in the case with a complex system of cable ties :/

You can check the event viewer for any SMART warnings, if your HDD supports it.
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make sure the jumper for cmos reset is in the right place, adn then re-program your bios.
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You mean flash the BIOS? No way man. I can't do that :-(
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then get a new PSU! lol!
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So the Antec 380 is not an ATX 2.0 power supply? WTF, over? I just ordered a 450W Antec, please tell me that it's a freakin' ATX 2.0 PSU. Gott verdammt Newegg offers very few known brands of power supplies.
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Old 27th April, 2006, 03:19 PM
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The new True Power models are ATX 2.0.
I've just installed Windows XP MCE 2005. Had a few hiccups, but I've gotten there in the end. Things are running much more smoothly.
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Old 27th April, 2006, 03:32 PM
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Make sure you do not have any fans connected to a power cable powering the HD(s).
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Rats, the 450W Antec PSU I bought for a pal isn't a True Power model. Actually, Antec should sell ATX 2.0 PSU's exclusively. As*bites. Hope the booger works fine for a modest Socket 754 rig.
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it should...754 does not require ATX 2.0
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No, neither do most Athlon 64 Motherboards. But 99% of new PSUs are ATX 2.0 anyways and don't really cost much more.
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