laptop hard drive problem

  taxiuk 08:13 13 Feb 2006

hi everyone
have an IBM laptop which now only boot to the bio sys. tried to put the HDD drive first then try boot from a CD but always go to the bio,oh
made sure the HDD is sat secure in it's bay please advice as I'am going nut.

  Diodorus Siculus 08:30 13 Feb 2006

Could be that the hard disk is dead.

Can you get into the BIOS and tell it to boot first from CD? If you have a bootable CD, what happens?

  taxiuk 09:41 13 Feb 2006

yes tried this option with no vail

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 09:49 13 Feb 2006

Should not boot direct to BIOS, what key to enter setup? perhaps the key is stuck.

  taxiuk 09:50 13 Feb 2006

sorry I forgot to mention the I have error message stating :2020 ide secondry chanel master drive error

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 09:58 13 Feb 2006

Error messsage is what is directing you to BIOS.

HDD are usually on primary master try removing CD drive (if removable)

or in BIOS (as temp measure) diasble secondary IDE channel

  taxiuk 10:02 19 Dec 2007

I have connected the drive but even my other laptop did not recognise it (i can hear the drive wizzing)

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:08 19 Dec 2007

You hard drive has died
a replacemant hard drive should solve the problem.

  Diodorus Siculus 13:03 19 Dec 2007

Ongoing problem from Feb 06 to Dec 07?

What happened in between?

  taxiuk 16:58 19 Dec 2007

thank you all, for all the help you gave me

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