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    still didnt get a chance to look at it last night. maybe i should just start a worklog... instead of keeping this thread alive... ? what do ya think?
    do what you like, and have at least a wee-bit of self confidence while your doing it.
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    got a chance to work with it last night...

    booted it up and it said "operating system not found"
    so i thought ok, entered cmos and set to boot to cd, inserted windows xp corperate, only to find windows tell me "hard drive not found".

    so i turn the 2500 off, flip over to back, take out harddrive, and yeah its still there, cleaned connections and still nothing. any ideas or am i going to need a harddrive?

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    Just because the windows setup does'nt find the hard drive does'nt mean that it is'nt properly connected (physically).
    To make sure it is setup properly you should look in your bios, and make sure none of your ide channels are disabled and see if it is detected there
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    i tried that too... in the cmos setup it shows that the hard drive is not found, and when ever you press enter on there you get a menu to automatically find ide devices, so i hit enter, and it still never finds it.

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    Make sure your IDE cable is good and not tempermental, make sure the pin jumpers are configured properly on the HD. If you have an IDE cable with two connectors for HDs, set your HD to master and put it on the connector farthest from the mobo. As ridiculous as it is, some BIOSs are that picky.
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    ill check it out tonight when i get home again.... dont figure it would be the cmos that needs reset do ya?

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    when you refer to the CMOS are you talking about the BIOS ?

    The CMOS refers to the computers time and date settings which are stored in a Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor, hence CMOS.

    The BIOS is what controls how the computer boots.

    So unless everytime you boot your computer you are being prompted for the date and time, the CMOS is more than likely fine.

    If you were refering to setting the BIOS settings to defaults, that may be a good idea if the other suggestion I posed does not work.

    Good luck
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    defaults...

    plus i read that resettting the cmos usually fixes all the problems on this laptop model, another thing i heard was to push down on the cpu to make sure it was seated correctly. not sure but ill try it. so do you think the hard drive is bad? if not what should i do next? if so know where to get one?

    im going to reflash the bios as soon as i get the operating system up... i might have to use the bootable linux disc i got to get it working though... then flash bios. im so confused right now if you cant tell

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    hmm I would definitely not reccomend reflashing the BIOS yet.

    Within the BIOS there is an option generally called "reset factory defaults" or something to that extent.

    There are generally jumpers on the mobo for resetting the CMOS, in order to find these you would need to search out a manual for your mobo.
    You can also probally just pull the battery and wait awhile (not 100% sure).

    And of course the next step would be to try to detect the hard drive in another machine that you know is configured properly.

    Another thing to do is to listen to the hard drive to see if you can hear it spinning up, or if you get the "tick of death."
    Which is basically what you would expect to hear if it was trying to spin up and failing.
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    im not too keen on using a laptop hdd on a desktop pc. got a link?

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