Help - IDE HDD Problems

BIOS update, EIDE card, or overlay software? (FAQ Hard disk recognition)
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kleenex
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Hey all -
I have the PC Chips M805LR motherboard (Socket A, 950mhz AMD Duron).
Anyways - When i boot the system, the BIOS runs through its self tests then gives me a checksum error.
On top of the checksum error, the hard drive will not even turn on!
I know my PS is good and the HD is good (its only 4gb so no update should be needed to the bios i would imagine). When my computer is ON, my harddrive is off but once i pull the IDE cable out of the HDD the HDD turns on! I dont really understand whats goin on here. One more time, I boot the comp, checksum error, and my HDD wont turn on unless i pull the IDE cable out of it. Is my IDE messed up past the stage of being fixed?? Any input would be appreciated.
thanks
soupy
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Replace the IDE cable, and make sure it is properly oriented.
Flash your BIOS at your own risk.
kleenex
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Im 100% sure the orientation is right, I will try to switch out the IDE cable and post my results.
How would i solve the checksum error?
I know there have been numerous posts in the past about this issue but i cant seem to find one. Can someone give me a link to a previous post or tell me how to fix the checksum error.
Also - any more ideas on the HDD not powering on with the system?
thanks
kleenex
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thanks soupy, replaced cable and the error went away.
HDD works fine now. Never really thought to switch out the cable.
thanks again
edwin
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Once a customer had this and he got so frustrated he gave away his machine to me. When I switched out the cable the system came back alive and has been purring ever since.

I asked if he wanted it back but no, he already bought another machine and was perfectly happy I had solved his mystery and told me to keep the system :)
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System error, strike any user to continue...
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