I have replaced the hard drive on an old computer after it failed with a working hard drive & it is will not boot after the bios & memory check into windows either from the replacement drive or windows vista CD even after changing the boot order to CD first in the bios.
The computer is recognising the new drive in boot up.
But it's stuck in a loop that just brings it back to:
"Windows cannot start due to a computer hardware configeration problem"
Looks like I need some software to auto clear the disk so I can do a fresh windows install as I have no keyboard access after the bios check completes although I can change the bios with a keyboard ?
It might be nothing more simple than trying another cable, either IDE or Sata, whichever you use. Make sure that the HDD is plugged into the first Sata port which is usually called 0, if you are Sata of course.
The computer is seeing the IDE hard drive & recognising it, so it cant be a cable issue ?
First thing I checked was the master jumper setting on the IDE drive & it's correct. Drive is recognised by the computer.
I set the bios to boot from CD with the Win XP original disk, it attemps to boot & then I get the same loop hardware fault.
Yes, this was the original hard drive from the computer (I had upgraded to a new larger one which subsequently failed, so I reverted back)
Corded keyboad entries not recognised @ this point so I cannot get any key press accepted, but it times out after 25 seconds & auto defaults to Win XP acceptance & then auto loops back to hardware failure warning.
Thanks, will try a different cable to see if that cures it ?