Picked up Acer 4000 ser: Notebook. At switch on HDD clicked for a while then defaulted to BIOS screen, reporting 'no harddisk'. I changed the drive for one I know works but although the clicking stopped BIOS does not see drive. I'm sure the drive is spinning up so appears to be getting power. Can I assume it's a HDD controller problem? I'm not well up on laptops so could someone advise me. Is the controller, software, hardware or both faulty? or could it be something else?. I've toyed with the idea of using a flashdrive as a boot disk but obviously it's not an ideal fix.
Thanks for reply fruit bat
Hmm, I did note when I got it that the date/time was wrong which I reset.So could be a dead CMOS batt, even so why would BIOS report no HDD?
Just switched Notebook on after it's been put away for a week. BIOS date/time is OK so guess CMOS is OK. reset BIOS to defaults but still doesn't see HDD. On boot-up says 'no O/S' but if I try to install XP via CD Drive it will get as far as checking HDD etc. then reports 'no HDD'. Unfortunately this Notebook only has space for one HDD
Quick update. I fitted a drive that was password locked and although I can't read it it shows up in BIOS. I've ordered a new HDD which should arrive Tues or Weds. It appears my other spare drive is dead too. Will let you know result.
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