Computer starts, then turns off (new hdd)

December 21, 2009 at 11:19:21
Specs: Windows XP
Hey everyone,

Hoping you guys can help me out here. I just installed a new WD Caviar Blue PATA hard drive into my compaq desktop. (500 GB model). Now I managed to install a fresh windows xp on the hard drive and everything was going great. I shut down the computer from XP.

Next day go to turn the thing on and it starts up, my system fan moves as does my graphics card fan, and then they stop. The power light for the computer stays on though, and if I hold the power button down it turns the light off. It's as though it didnt boot up all the way.

I took the power cord off the hard drive and the system starts up fine. I tried using diff. power cords to the hard drive it doesnt matter. As does changing around the IDE cables. I tried having this hard drive the only thing plugged in, still no avail.

I would really appreciate any insight, help, whatever you guys can offer.

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December 21, 2009 at 11:38:23
Do you have more than one hard drive installed? If not, then how is it booting fine when you disconnect power to the hard drive?

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December 21, 2009 at 12:03:41
No, just this hard drive. I replaced an old one. I mean the computer will actually turn on. it will boot up and of course then it says error because there's no system drive to boot up.

But with the hard drive plugged in, the computer wont come on at all. Well maybe for a total of 2 seconds but then it stops. But the power light stays on.

Disconnect the hard drive and then it at least will start up.

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December 21, 2009 at 12:14:46
Sounds like the drive is defective to me. I know it's new but it happens.


I want to go like my grandfather did. Peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming at the top of my lungs like the passengers in his car.


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December 21, 2009 at 12:21:30
You may have the data cable installed wrong. Possibly end for end or connector upside down (not easy but possible).

Why were you replacing the old drive? Perhaps the motherboard is damaged.

Do you have 1 or 2 IDE ports on the board?

Boot into the BIOS (setup) screens and verify that any IDE controllers are enabled.

What capacity was the old hard drive?

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