System - PC Chips M848 mobo - Athlon XP2400 - 512Mb DDR 333, Western Digital HDD, running XP Home.
I recently rebuilt the system round the new mobo and processor. It workd fine other than at startup the HDD is not always recognised. If I enter the BIOS and set HDD to user, then use Auto detect, the HDD is recognised. I then have to re-boot, re-enter BIOS, set 1st boot device to IDE-0, as it is not present at first boot, save and exit. Upon re-booting, the HDD is recognised, and the system will start.
However, there is a long pause each time I save and exit to anything happening (30 seconds or so) and when the splah screen appears, it is dim for mabey 2-3 second, then all is well. Windows upon startup reports that the system has recovered from a serious error. Everything then runs as it should.
Is there a way to make the HDD recognised at first boot without having to go through the above procedure, or do I have a faulty mobo as I am suspecting?
Also, because you have set your 0 drive as first boot, check that you have set your CD drive/s and floppy to boot as second and third drives. If you have left your CD drive as first boot as well and the BIOS on auto, it might just be confusing it. j.