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Author Topic: hardware monitor found an error. Enter Power setup menu for details.  (Read 8624 times)

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comda

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ok so I got this computer from a friend and I reinstalled the os . It worked fine yesterday. Today I pulled out the 40 GB hdd from my older box and unpluged the dvd burner and pluged the hdd in to get all the music and data onto my new used computer. And I start it up and the computer turns on then off, and the power led is flashing, then I pulled out the 40 Gb and it started but i get the error below:

hardware monitor found an error. Enter pwer setup menu for details.

ok so i loaded setup defaults. nothing using the CMOS jumper I reset it, Nothing. Then I let it for a few min to get my laptop to write this out. Works fine. So I connected the hdd again error!? Is my power supply dying? Or is it the fact that I'm connecting the secondary hdd through the cd writer? What do you think. Any ideas?

My system has

1.5 GHz processor
384 Mb RAM (came with 256 only)
60 GB hdd
cd writed
DVD writer
power supply output 250 watt input not sure
64 mb graphics card
running windows XP SP2
sorry almost forgot the motherboard is an asus P4B

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    Did you reset the pins on the "old hdd" to slave--it may have been "master " in it's previous computer? truenorth

    comda

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    it's set to cable select

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      Occasionally there can be a problem with the cable select setting when it is going to be a slave. Just to rule it out please set it to slave and try it and report. truenorth

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      it doing it again, it starts up and shuts down with the power light flashing. i noticed something thought the cord from the power supply that has 4 pins forming a square isn't there. there isn't one on the power supply. when i reset the CMos maybe the bios thinks its missing that. i mean it started with out the secondary hdd.

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        Can you confirm what i believe your saying--you can and have connected the "old" hdd to the ide ribbon cable but that you DO NOT have the ability to connect a power connection to it. Is that correct? truenorth

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        ok the old hdd I connected using the dvd burner cables power and ide but the computer turns on then off and the light flashes on,  off as if there wasn't enough power for that hdd

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          OK let's try a different tack based on some knowledge and an assumption. The old hdd was probably a master on it's previous computer. The location on the current computer could also have been a master serving the DVD  unit which has been removed. It could have been if it was on a separate IDE cable from the hdd that is still there. It would have been a secondary master if such was the case. So if you have not already done so--and no indication shows that you have--i would still try 1st setting it to slave and see what happens. If that doesn't work and it is indeed on it's own ide cable by itself try setting it to master. The fact that it is deriving it's power from the previous power plug to the DVD should not be a factor. I have a problem with the type of power plug you are describing. I am not aware of ANY IDE devices (optical or HDD) that connect with a 4 pin "the power supply that has 4 pins forming a square". The connector going into the back of the drive on an IDE device does have 4 female (not pins) plugs but not forming a square. They are in-line.truenorth

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          no no im sorry for no explaining, the power connector usually connects to the main board, which it this case it doesn't but on the other one it did. You what I'm thinking I did was yesterday I pulled out the powersupply heatsink, fan and CPU to clean it from dust, reseting the CPU and the setting in the bios that told the computer that it doesn't need that cord if it has the regular long one connected the one like the power cord the hdd has to the mainboard. I mean why else would the computer go to hibernation, thats what it looks like it shuts off but the power light is still blinking. And the dvd was set to master and cd write to slave. Maybe If i used the ide cable that connects the master hdd instead of the DVD burner cable. it seems that error comes up each time I plug something it or uplug something. What do you think. Look I'm not saying your wrong or right I really appreciate your help and I think were getting somewere. I want to ask What are u trying to say in the second sentence?