Hard drive not recognised on laptop

September 24, 2011 at 12:13:24
Specs: Windows XP, 1gb RAM
I am trying to fix a Packard Bell R1938 laptop that won't boot. During boot I see the error "media test failure test cable".

In the BIOS (which has not been updated from the original) the hard disk is set to disabled, and this can;t be changed. I assumed there was a problem with the disk itself, but i've checked it in an external caddy on another machine and it works fine.

I've tried to locate the CMOS battery, and can't find it. I've taken the machine to pieces, and the IDE socket is mounted on the board with no connection cable visible. A damaged cable would have been my next guess.

I can boot the machine with UBCD. I'm suspecting the IDE controller may have developed a fault, but not sure how I would go about fixing that, i'm expecting it's beyond my capability.

Can anyone tell me where the CMOS battery is on this model, and what else might be wrong with the machine to give these symptoms?

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September 24, 2011 at 14:22:30
From what I read, it's under the wifi card. I can't be sure, I never ripped one down.

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October 4, 2011 at 07:08:02
I eventually managed to locate it but you can't get to it without removing the entire cover. It's between the dvd drive input and the processor, underneath the middle part of the cover, in an area that isn't accessible through any of the removable covers.

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