SOS! Will not boot- IDE Cable error!

August 19, 2009 at 15:06:24
Specs: Windows XP
Hi, I hope someone call help seriously greatful!
My Mums partner cut the power mid-system recovery becuase he decided because it was taking too long to and now when he turns his machine on the boot screen comes up and checks drives etc but an error occurs 'IDE Channel No.80 Conductor Cable Install' and it gets as far as the XP loading screen and then turns off and automatically reboots into a cycle.

Ive tried F8 + last known configuration, safe mode,BIOS factory settings default, checking all wires and cables are securly connected. Its a custom made machine with no recovery/formatting discs and I have no idea where to download these. It does have a floppy disc drive and 2 cds drives.

Hes really frustrated as he cant get on to his machine with all his important files (self inflicted but if anyone can provide any assistance or help would be great!)

This is the first and only time this has ever happened and hes had the machine a while now- im assuming its because he cut the power during system restore!


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August 19, 2009 at 15:10:46
First off, if it is a custom computer someone had to install the OS. Get the CD from them.

I never saw a message about an IDE cable but it sounds like the IDE cable in use is a 40 wire cable. 40 wire cables will only allow the drives to run at ATA 33 instead of whatever speed they are capable of.

There isn't much that can be done without a WinXP CD.

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August 19, 2009 at 15:14:37
Hi thanks for the quick reply-
Ok his son built it for him and hes away working in France so were stooped by the sounds unless I can make some kind of Cd Boot up disc but I dont know where to start with that really. The things we put these things through! :-)

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August 19, 2009 at 15:21:22
As long as no one opened the case & messed with the wiring, I'd say ignore the error message for now. Find the XP CD (hopefully you have the product key?), boot off the CD & perform a Repair Installation:

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August 19, 2009 at 15:27:38
Hmm thanks for the article, there is one problem which I didnt realise and I suppose stresses the importance of owning your own copy of the CD is I think his son just installed the OS for him and left it at that so when has a problem like now he risks losing his information.

I did think that he would need an XP disc as the PC wont even boot into safe mode and its too much of a coincidence to be wiring issues after such an abrupt cut of the system while it was performing a system roll back.

If he hasnt got the CD is that the only way? Normally it wouldnt matter he'd have to wait for his son to come back except its really urgent he needs his PC! but again thank you for the replies couldnt have been more helpful to be honest!

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August 19, 2009 at 15:34:34
You can take the Hard Drive out and install in a USB Caddy, though you would need to buy the Caddy and also have another PC/Laptop to plug it into!

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August 19, 2009 at 15:49:23
You don't need the exact same CD, you can use any XP CD, provided it's the proper edition (XP Home or XP Professional). But you do need the product key to be able to reinstall/repair it. So if you have the key, just borrow an XP CD from a friend or relative.

Why were you doing a "recovery" in the 1st place? You don't normally do that unless something is wrong. And what exactly do you mean by "recovery"?

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August 19, 2009 at 15:56:20
Thanks again for the reply it wasnt actually me it was my mums Partner on his machine hes always messing around with it to be honest it was only a matter of time before something major happened! I meant he was using system restore within the actual OS where you can select a roll back date and because it was taking such a long he switched it off during the middle of it and after he tried re-booting thats when this problem has occured. Ill feedback this to him and hopefully he can find a disc and product key hopefully.

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