Ga-7vkmls,it wont detect HDD

Gigabyte Ga-7vkmls amd motherboard
June 10, 2010 at 20:12:35
Specs: Windows Xp
Hi i have just bought a new motherboard,cpu and graphics card for my computer. I've installed the mb & cpu correctly, and it turns on no problems and can enter bios. I have my hard drive and cd drives connected up but when i turn on computer, it won't detect them.I can hear both of them working, It takes ages to get past the detecting stage, and then it comes up with:

Searching for Boot Record from SCSI.. Not Found
Boot Failure, Reboot and select proper Boot Device or insert Boot Media in selected Boot Device. (trys to find boot media on a floppy)
Press Any key when ready

I Don't know why it wont detect my hard drive
or cd drives. My Hard drive is a Western digital 1200,it is a 120gb,When i enter the bios, in the BIOS features setup, for boot devices I can only select Floppy and Realtek Boot.
Do I need to flash the bios or something? I don't wanna make a move until someone can tell me what to do, I've heard stuffing up flashing your bios can kill the mb.

oh and btw my motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-7VKML

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June 10, 2010 at 20:38:19
You didn't specify but I suspect that both your hard drive and CD drive are IDE type and are both connected to the same cable.

Is that correct?

If so, then you may have the jumpers on the back of each drive set incorrectly. Other possibilities include a bad cable, no power cables connected to the drives, or the controller disabled in the BIOS.

I just looked at your "new" motherboard. That board is 8 years old. That said, below is an excerpt from page 38 of the manual for that board.

1st Boot Dev ice : Floppy
2nd Boot Dev ice : IDE-0
3rd Boot Dev ice : CDROM
Floppy Drive Seek : Disabled

As you can see there are selections for drives too.

Do you know the history of this motherboard. Possible you are setting to boot to a network?

The first screen in the BIOS should be the drive setup screen. Are the drives being configured on that screen? There may be an option on that screen to auto detect the drives. If so, click on it.

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June 10, 2010 at 22:08:46
Yes both the cd rom and the Hdd are connect by an ide ribbon i have gone into bios and i have put them on to auto and i get the message Atapi incompatible

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June 11, 2010 at 04:40:04
I haven't seen that message. Check the jumpers on the drives. I suggest you set the hard drive to Master and the optical drive to Slave. Or better yet, you have two IDE channels so you could connect the hard drive on the primary channel alone as Master.

Why didn't you answer my question about the history of the board? The motherboard is 8 years old. It may well be defective. Is this an eBay purchase? If you don't mind my asking, did you purchase the board and processor? If so, how much did you pay?

Are you using any type of SATA to IDE adapters on either of your drives?

The message "ATAPI incompatible may refer to the CD drive. Is the CD drive a know working unit?

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June 11, 2010 at 15:54:13
I brought the mother board from a online trade and i am sorry i dont know the history of this board, i am using Ide adapters as the computer does not have any sata plugs i pulled out a cd rom drive out of a working computer and so i knew that it is working

i think i paid around about 15- 20 dollars NZD

i have googled the message and i got regarding 'ATAPI incompatible'
This issue can be caused by any off the below possibilities.

1. Cable loose or not connected.
2. CMOS values not properly set.

so i am thinking mayb my ide cable is faulty am i right as i can put the Hdd into a known working machine and it fires up and is found in the bios

What are your thoughts?

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June 11, 2010 at 18:24:27
The HDD should be on the primary channel with the jumper set to master (single). The CD drive should be on the 2ndary channel also with it's jumper set to master. Each will obviously need it's own data cable.

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June 11, 2010 at 20:57:16
I ended up changing the ide ribbon a few times and i got the hard drive detected

Thanks for your help i think just need to reinstall windows as it now just keeps not loading windows xp now so i am thinking that this board didnt run windows xp, so i am hoping that this should fix my problem do you think this is right ? cause i get the message window wasnt shut down properly and get the options of safe mode, safe mode with network, " " with control panel and start windows from last known good configuration and start windows normally and when we select either of the options with safe mode we get all the files and it sits there for about 10 minutes maybe more and dont go no where

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June 12, 2010 at 04:17:49
Are you trying to boot to a hard drive that previously had WinXP installed on it? If so, you can't do that successfully in most cases. You would need to install fresh.

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June 18, 2010 at 03:13:57
thanks for your help i did a fresh install and i got the system back up and running thanks again i was getting a c000021a error come up but i think that was caused from faulty hard ware on the ribbons eg cd rom drive as my drives were giving me funny readings

Thanks AGAIN for you help

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